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Should a street cleaner's pay be similar to a university professor's pay?

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Should a street cleaner's pay be similar to a university professor's pay? Give reasons for your answer. In society, it is obvious to find that there is wide range of wages on different jobs. For example, a university professor has more than $10,000 per month while a street cleaner may only have $3000 per month. This wide range of wages worsens the social inequality. Their life style, value and social status would all be affected. Although the wages difference would cause further divisions in society, without this difference, the competitiveness of the society will be greatly reduced. Therefore, a street cleaner's pay should not similar to a university professor's pay. Nowadays, most societies are diversified. Different types of jobs are needed to fulfill different people needs, division of labour become more and more important. Even in theories brought out many years ago such as the Marxian perspective, also suggested to divide people into Bourgeoisie and proletariat according to their income level. ...read more.


For the economic benefits, their wages will be increased, so then their living environment can be improved. This is the sole source to enforce people to perform well, so once wages become the same for any jobs, no one is willing to work hard. As a result, its development will be fallen into a stationary. On the economic perspective, based on the concept of demand and supply, street cleaner's pay should not be similar to a university professor's pay. According to this concept, the cost is higher if its supply is low, but the cost is lower when its supply is higher. Adopting this concept into the pay, since being a professor needs a very high education level, it needs a lot of time and pays many efforts to train a professor, so the supply is less. On the other hand, a professor is given a high expectation to provide the best education to students. ...read more.


However, for street cleaner, one cleaning machine can be served several districts, and so the amount needed is less, the investment is comparatively low. Referring to Lenski's technological perspective, the one used better technology should be paid more while the one used cheaper technology should be paid less, therefore a street cleaner's pay should not be similar to university professor's pay. With the analyses on social perspective, economic perspective and technological perspective, it is believed that the variation of payment between street cleaners and professors should be existed so that the development on all aspects can be continued. It is no doubt that the existence on payment variation may worsen the social inequality, but it is also believed that the inequality can be solved in some other ways such as the rich can help the poor through the donation and visit. This kinds of activities can reduce their conflict and so we can still live in a harmony atmosphere. ...read more.

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