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Wage elasticity of the teacher supply in Switzerland

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  • Stefan C. Wolter
  • Stefan Denzler

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In order to learn more about the teacher supply in Switzerland, this paper analyses eleven surveys of graduates of all Swiss universities for the period of 1981-2001. We estimate wages for teachers and non-teachers with the help of selection models. The predicted individual wage differentials between teaching and all other jobs indicate a positive self-selection of teachers into teaching. Furthermore the reaction of teachers supply on the wage differential shows a wage elasticity of 0.41. As in other studies, the wage differential is counter cyclical, due to the static wage setting of the public. As a consequence, the public sector itself is creating at least a part of the cyclical pattern of teacher shortages and oversupplies.

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Article provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its journal Brussels economic review.

Volume (Year): 47 (2004)
Issue (Month): 3-4 ()
Pages: 387-408

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Keywords: wage elasticity; labour supply; teachers; university graduates; Switzerland.;

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  1. Stephen Machin & Patrick A. Puhani, 2005. "Special Issue on the Economics of Education - Policies and Empirical Evidence: Editorial," German Economic Review, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 6(3), pages 259-267, 08.
  2. Denzler, Stefan & Wolter, Stefan C., 2008. "Self-Selection into Teaching: The Role of Teacher Education Institutions," IZA Discussion Papers 3505, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Stefanie Hof & Mirjam Strupler & Stefan C. Wolter, 2011. "Quereinsteiger in den Lehrberuf am Beispiel der schweizerischen Berufsbildung," Economics of Education Working Paper Series 0059, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU).
  4. Stefan C. Wolter & Stefan Denzler & Bernhard A. Weber, 2003. "Betrachtungen zum Arbeitsmarkt der Lehrer in der Schweiz," Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung / Quarterly Journal of Economic Research, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 72(2), pages 305-319.
  5. Stefan Denzler & Stefan C. Wolter, 2009. "Laufbahnentscheide im Lehrberuf aus bildungsökonomischer Sicht," Economics of Education Working Paper Series 0041, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU).
  6. Hof, Stefanie & Strupler, Mirjam & Wolter, Stefan C., 2011. "Career Changers in Teaching Jobs: A Case Study Based on the Swiss Vocational Education System," IZA Discussion Papers 5806, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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