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Teachers' Salaries in Latin America: How Much Are They (Under or Over) Paid?

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  • Mizala, Alejandra

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    (University of Chile)

  • Nopo, Hugo

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    (Inter-American Development Bank)

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This paper documents the extent to which teachers are underpaid vis-à-vis workers in other professional and technical occupations in Latin America circa 2007. These labor earnings differences, attributed to observable socio-demographic and job characteristics, are assessed using a matching methodology (Ñopo, 2008). Teachers' underpayment is found to be stronger than what has been previously reported in the literature, especially among pre-school and primary teachers. Nonetheless, behind the region averages there is an important cross-country heterogeneity. Teachers' underpayment is more pronounced among males, older workers, household heads, part-timers, formal workers, those who work in the private sector, and (mostly) among those with complete tertiary education. Two amenities of the teaching profession, namely the longer job tenure and the flexible job schedules within the year, are also explored. Even after accounting for the possible compensating differentials of these two amenities, teachers' underpayment vis-à-vis that of other professional and technicians prevail.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5947.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2011
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5947

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Keywords: wage differentials; professional labor markets; Latin America;

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  1. Asadullah, Mohammad Niaz, 2006. "Pay differences between teachers and other occupations: Some empirical evidence from Bangladesh," Journal of Asian Economics, Elsevier, vol. 17(6), pages 1044-1065, December.
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  1. Teachers’ Salaries in Latin America: How Much Are They (Under or Over) Paid?
    by maximorossi in NEP-LTV blog on 2011-09-21 14:03:13
  2. Teachers’ Salaries in Latin America: How Much Are They (Under or Over) Paid?
    by maximorossi in NEP-LTV blog on 2011-09-21 14:03:13
  3. Y tú, ¿quieres que tus hijos sean docentes?
    by Hugo Ñopo in La educación de calidad es posible on 2014-02-14 19:40:18
  4. Y tú, ¿quieres que tus hijos sean docentes?
    by Hugo Ñopo in Foco Económico on 2014-02-17 21:00:15

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