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Evolution of Teachers' Salaries in Latin America at the Turn of the 20th Century: 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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How much are teachers paid in comparison to those in other professions in Latin America? How have these differences evolved at the turn of the 20th century? This paper reports the evolution, between circa 1997 and circa 2007, of teachers´ salaries vis-à-vis workers in other professional and technical occupations for thirteen Latin-American countries. After controlling the earnings differentials by observable characteristics linked to productivity it is found that the hourly earnings gap, although substantial, decreased throughout the decade. This has been the case for earnings gaps at the main and secondary jobs, and also for those measured in terms of monthly and yearly earnings. Nonetheless, behind the region averages there is an important cross-country heterogeneity.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6806.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2012
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6806

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Keywords: wage differentials; professional labor markets; national and international labor standards; Latin America; Caribbean;

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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. Evolution of Teachers’ Salaries in Latin America at the Turn of the 20th Century: How Much Are They (Under or Over) Paid?
    by maximorossi in NEP-LTV blog on 2012-10-01 14:41:05
  2. New historical development papers on my desk
    by Robin in Cherokee Gothic on 2013-04-18 13:00:05
  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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