Why Public Schools Lose Teachers
AbstractMany school districts experience difficulties attracting and retaining teachers, and the impending retirement of a substantial fraction of public school teachers raises the specter of severe shortages in some public schools. Schools in urban areas serving economically disadvantaged and minority students appear particularly vulnerable. This paper investigates those factors that affect the probabilities that teachers switch schools or exit the public schools entirely. The results indicate that teacher mobility is much more strongly related to characteristics of the students, particularly race and achievement, than to salary, although salary exerts a modest impact once compensating differentials are taken into account.
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Date of creation: Nov 2001
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Publication status: published as Hanushek, Eric A., John F. Kain, and Steven G. Rivkin. “Why Public Schools Lose Teachers." Journal of Human Resources 39, 2 (Spring 2004): 326-354.
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- I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
- J45 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Public Sector Labor Markets
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2001-11-21 (All new papers)
- NEP-LAB-2001-11-21 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-LTV-2001-11-05 (Unemployment, Inequality & Poverty)
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- Steven G. Rivkin & Eric A. Hanushek & John F. Kain, 2005.
"Teachers, Schools, and Academic Achievement,"
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Econometric Society, vol. 73(2), pages 417-458, 03.
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