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Then Why Did She Accept The Job Offer?

I’m stumped that an adjunct faculty member at CUNY, Karen Gregory,  has decided to tell her students not to call her “professor” as her way of protesting her adjunct status. She’s not tenured, full-time faculty. Granted, she is teaching a Labor Studies course, which makes labor issues relevant to her students, but I find it unprofessional that she would use her students to try and improve her personal employment status. If she is so unhappy and feels abused, then why did Gregory accept the job? When a willing buyer meets a willing seller, there is a meeting of the minds and a contract is realized and/or a transaction takes place. This is the case whether you’re looking to buy a care or looking for a job.

 

One Response to “Then Why Did She Accept The Job Offer?”

  • Feb
    09
    2013

    This post exhibits an elementary confusion about economic concepts. When any market, including a labor market, is out of equilibrium there is very little to say about the equity of transactions.

    Specifically, when jobs are scarce, workers may have to choose between poverty or even homelessness, or else to take jobs which are unpleasant, degrading or even dangerous.

    It is one of the strengths of economic theory that it applies both to situations where the parties to a transaction have complete freedom, as well as to situations where one party is contstrained to make choices they would rationally wish to avoid.

    Conservative writers are selling freedom short when they assume it is always absolute.

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