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Cost Indices for Tennessee Local Education Providers: A Teacher Cost Approach

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  • E. Anthon Eff

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Policy makers need accurate measures of school district-level costs for a variety of reasons, including salary equity efforts and state-level funding of local schools. Since salaries constitute most of the operating costs for local education providers, teacher salary data provide a ready resource for constructing school cost indices. This paper provides an example of such an index, using year 2000 data for over 60,000 teachers employed by Tennessee public schools. The index is constructed using the parameters from a hedonic wage regression, and the resulting figures are published in the tables in the appendix.

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Paper provided by Middle Tennessee State University, Department of Economics and Finance in its series Working Papers with number 200805.

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Date of creation: Jun 2008
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Handle: RePEc:mts:wpaper:200805

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Keywords: school cost; hedonic regression; teacher salary; Tennessee;

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