The Dual Hire Problem
Over one-third of academic professionals today are partnered with another academic professional. When looking for employment, these academic couples typically search for positions within the same institution and often refuse employment offers if suitable positions are not available for one of the partners. However, it is rare for a single institution to simultaneously have two open positions that match the qualifications of both members of the couple. As a result, universities are faced with the problem of either losing a desired candidate or accommodating a partner.
University hiring policies aimed at accommodating partner hires have the potential to affect the demographics and quality of a university's faculty. We study the effects of dual hire policies on faculty quality, inclusion and retention of women and minorities in academia.