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Unionization and Productivity: Evidence from Charter Schools

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  • Hart, Cassandra M. D.

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    (University of California, Davis)

  • Sojourner, Aaron J.

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    (University of Minnesota)

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This paper studies the relationship between teacher unionization and student achievement. Generally stable patterns of teacher unionization since the 1970s have historically presented challenges in measuring the effects of unionization on educational production. However, the blossoming of the charter school sector in recent decades provides fertile ground for study because while most charters are non-union, teachers at some charters have unionized. Using a generalized difference-in-difference approach combining California union certification data with student achievement data from 2003-2012, we find that, aside from a one-year dip in achievement associated with the unionization process itself, unionization does not affect student achievement.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 7887.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2014
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Publication status: Forthcoming: Industrial Relations
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp7887

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Keywords: teacher; labor union; student achievement; charter school; education; labor productivity;

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