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Teacher Turnover and Non-Pecuniary Factors

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  • Torberg Falch

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    (Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

  • Bjarne Strøm

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    (Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

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This paper studies teacher mobility using matched employee-employer panel data from Norwegian primary and lower secondary schools. The Norwegian institutional set-up with completely centralized wage setting for teachers is ideal to analyze the effect of non-pecuniary job attributes on quit decisions. We find that teachers tend to leave schools with high share of minority students and high share of students with special needs. In addition, the composition of teachers and the school size affect the propensity to quit. These results are robust across different econometric specifications and sub-samples.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology in its series Working Paper Series with number 3604.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 01 Oct 2003
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Handle: RePEc:nst:samfok:3604

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Keywords: Teacher turnover; non-pecuniary factors; centralized wage setting; student composition;

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  1. Jaramillo, Miguel, 2012. "The spatial geography of teacher labor markets: Evidence from a developing country," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 31(6), pages 984-995.
  2. Torberg Falch & Marte R�nning, 2007. "The Influence of Student Achievement on Teacher Turnover," Education Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 15(2), pages 177-202.
  3. Stefanie Hof & Mirjam Strupler & Stefan C. Wolter, 2011. "Quereinsteiger in den Lehrberuf am Beispiel der schweizerischen Berufsbildung," Economics of Education Working Paper Series 0059, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU).
  4. Paul Frijters & Michael A. Shields & Stephen Wheatley Price, 2004. "To Teach Or Not To Teach? Panel Data Evidence On The Quitting Decision," Paul Frijters Discussion Papers 2004-5, School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology.
  5. Kaja Høiseth Brugård, 2013. "Does School Choice Improve Student Performance?," Working Paper Series 14513, Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

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