DP8966 What is the cost of retaining and attracting exceptional talents? Evidence from the Canada Research Chair program

Author(s): Pascal Courty, John Sim
Publication Date: May 2012
Keyword(s): Brain drain, Canada Research Chair, Compensation, Crowding out
JEL(s): I23, J3
Programme Areas: Industrial Organization
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The compensation of a professor who is awarded an internal Canada Research Chair (CRC) increases by 6.3 percent on average in our sample. This gain is large initially but quickly erodes over CRC tenure. The gain is slightly larger for professors who change university to obtain a CRC Chair. Assuming that the CRC program has achieved its goal of attracting and retaining top talents, we infer that the compensation cost of doing so is modest. In addition, only a small fraction of the CRC grants have been passed through to professors as compensation increases. This is despite the fact that universities report spending more than half of the CRC grants on chairholder compensation.