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Do Teacher Strikes Harm Educational Attainment of Students?

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  • Michèle Belot
  • Dinand Webbink

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This paper investigates the effects of a teacher strike on student achievement. From May 1990 until November 1990 teachers in the French community of Belgium stroked to obtain a salary increase. We exploit the political division of Belgium in a French community and a Flemish community, with similar educational institutions, for estimating the long-term effects of the strikes. Based on a difference‐in‐differences approach, using data from two different surveys, we find some evidence that the strikes reduced educational attainment and increased class repetition. We also find that the strikes led to a significant reallocation of students to a lower level of higher education. Overall, the results suggest that teacher strikes can lead to substantial costs for those not involved in the conflict.

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Article provided by CEIS in its journal LABOUR.

Volume (Year): 24 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 391-406

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Handle: RePEc:bla:labour:v:24:y:2010:i:4:p:391-406

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