Originally posted by MoeGatesHave you guys ever taken a University Economics or Business class? I wouldn't say those departments are remotely dominated by liberals. I'll put you disagreeing with your PoliSci professors up against me disagreeing with my Business professors any day of the week (and this was at a supposedly liberal college, Madison).
Moral of the story: Liberals disciplines pay a lot worse.
I'd say it really depends on the school. My experience with economics professors is almost the inverse of yours and I went to a supposedly conservative school in Wabash.
I'm curious about the last part of your post in that I wonder what are the liberal disciplines you mention that pay much worse. When I was in graduate school, 4 of the top 5 professors on campus in terms of salary were slightly to the left of Dennis Kucinich. (Three were professors in the law school who were very, very liberal, one was the chair of the communication department who was quite left as well, and one was a business school prof about whom I know nothing more than his name.) Of course, I'd agree in a heartbeat with your proposition if you'd said "Liberal arts disciplines pay a lot worse."
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Bit of a joke. But still let me clarify. Profs are a very small minority of people who graduate college. Your typical guy with a college (or even graduate) degree in Business or Economics (disciplines that I, at least, find are dominated by conservative voices on campus) is going to make a lot more cash that the typical guy who graduates with a degree in Poli Sci or History (my major).
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Your typical guy with a college (or even graduate) degree in Business or Economics (disciplines that I, at least, find are dominated by conservative voices on campus) is going to make a lot more cash that the typical guy who graduates with a degree in Poli Sci or History (my major).
Two things--first, what's wrong with Business/Econ majors making more money? It's certainly not a secret and shouldn't suprise any college graduates or prospective college graduates.
Second, I don't see what someone's political leanings have to do with a Business course (and I'm referring to Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing and Applied Statistics as Business courses). There is absolutely no room within any of these disciplines for any type of political discussion. As far as economics goes, any professor who presents a given economic model from one perspective, without detailing the assumptions and therefore biases necessary for the model to work (and therefore giving students the ability to understand under which conditions the model will not work), is, quite frankly, doing a poor job of teaching economics. Odds are that any professor who only presents one model for a given undergraduate economics course is doing a poor job of teaching, regardless of how thoroughly that model is covered.
I don't think the point was that people of a conservative mindset are better qualified to teach business courses, but rather that you tend to see more of this type of person in said field. That's not to say one side is smarter than the other, but conservative-minded people tend to take a greater interest in economics and business-oriented subjects.