CGHE seminar 43

Determining PhD holders’ salaries in social sciences and humanities: ‘impact’ counts

  • Thursday, 09 Feb 2017 12:30 - 14:00
  • Room 709a, UCL Institute of Education
  • Giulio Marini, UCL Institute of Education
  • CGHE Research Programme 3


This seminar will analyse which conditions may predict a better salary for people with a PhD in the social sciences and humanities in 13 European countries.

The research takes into account the number of years after attainment of a PhD, age, gender, children, macro disciplines, the prestige of the awarding institution and the type of contract and sector of employment. The study also accounts for the power of purchase parity and country of residence.

Further models try to predict salary also by examing: change of country of residence, the percentage of time spent respectively in research and managerial activities, and different types of impacts – ‘objective’ impacts achieved during one’s PhD programme and a posteriori ‘subjective’ impacts relating to one’s career.

Findings reveal some interesting policy suggestions both for PhD programme planners and PhD candidates. Some specific impacts, such as whether a person has advised policymakers, has given media interviews or has managed and coordinated projects, appear to be profitable (other things being equal) for PhD holders in the social sciences and humanities. Moving geographically, as opposed to moving sector, is also a good predictor of better wages.

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Giulio Marini

Giulio Marini

Giulio Marini is a researcher on CGHE’s local higher education engagement research programme. Giulio’s research looks at governance of higher education, and careers and working conditions in academia. He has previously worked at Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (Italy), CIPES, Porto (Portugal), The National Research Council (Italy) and Sapienza University (Italy), where he got his PhD in Methodology for Social Sciences. He also was visiting PhD student at Carlos III, Madrid (Spain) and LSE (London) and Post Doc visiting at Autonoma University of Madrid (Spain). His most recent publication is ​entitled ‘New promotions patterns in Italian universities: less seniority and more productivity? Data from ASN’.

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