Regional Economics: Theory and Practice

Improving the higher school teaching staff incentive system

Vol. 16, Iss. 5, MAY 2018

Received: 20 January 2018

Received in revised form: 21 February 2018

Accepted: 21 March 2018

Available online: 15 May 2018


JEL Classification: I23, I25, J31, J38

Pages: 869–883

Smirnova T.A. School of Economics, Management and Environmental Studies of Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk, Russian Federation

Yanchenko Ya.M. School of Economics, Management and Environmental Studies of Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk, Russian Federation

Subject This article analyzes the current system of stimulation of university teachers in Russia and offers ways to improve it.
Methods The study involves the methods of comparison and analysis, and the statistical methods of processing economic data.
Results Having analyzed the system of stimulation at the Siberian Federal University, we have revealed its shortcomings and offer our own original approach to its perfection. To unify and eliminate the existing problems, we propose a three-tier mechanism for performance indicators distribution and coefficients to regulate the variability of the indicators set by the university.
Conclusions The system of stimulating teachers as an opportunity to increase wages is not regulated at the State level and has a number of shortcomings.

Keywords: higher education system, incentive system, performance indicators, performance-based contract of employment, academic staff


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