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Competition, wages and teacher sorting: four lessons learned from a voucher reform

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  • Hensvik, Lena

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    (IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation)

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    This paper studies how local school competition affects teacher wages at markets where wages are set via individual wage bargaining. Using regional variation in private school entry generated by a Swedish reform which allowed private schools to enter freely and a comprehensive matched employer employee data covering all high school teachers in Sweden over 16 years, I analyze the effects of competition on wages as well as labor flows. The results suggest that competition translates into higher wages, also for teachers in public schools. While the average increases are modest new teachers gain 2 percent and high ability teachers in math and science receive 4 percent higher wages in the most competitive areas compared to areas without any competition from private schools. Several robustness checks support a causal interpretation of the results which together highlight the potential gains from school competition through a more differentiated wage setting of teachers.

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    Paper provided by IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy in its series Working Paper Series with number 2010:8.

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    Length: 41 pages
    Date of creation: 07 Jun 2010
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    Publication status: Published as Hensvik, Lena, 'Competition, Wages and Teacher Sorting: Lessons Learned from a Voucher Reform' in The Economic Journal, 2012, pages 799-824.
    Handle: RePEc:hhs:ifauwp:2010_008

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    Keywords: Private school competition; teacher wages; monopsony power;

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    1. Chiara Binelli & Marta Rubio Codina, 2012. "The returns to private education: evidence from Mexico," IFS Working Papers W12/08, Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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