Monday, December 03, 2012

Counting Endowed Chairs

UC Berkeley has an excellent Economics Department faculty.  From their faculty list,  I count sixteen endowed chair professorships (and I'm not counting folks whose primary appointment is in the Haas Business School).  In contrast, UCLA Econ has four endowed chairs.  I believe that two are unfilled.  I would suggest that as UCLA enters a period of serious private fund raising that endowed faculty chairs should be the main priority.  UCLA has an excellent economics department but this resource differential between two comparable UC campuses says something.  For those who are upset about inequality, focus your efforts on addressing this gap!