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Teacher shortages and the business cycle

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  • Torberg Falch

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

  • Kaare Johansen

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

  • Bjarne Stroem

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

Abstract

The ability of the public sector to recruit skilled workers is important for the quality of public sector services. Centralized and rigid pay systems in the public sector might give limited labor supply and shortages of qualified personnel in areas and periods with strong outside labor markets. This paper shows that teacher shortages measured by the share of teachers without approved education are strongly procyclical in Norway. Using a large panel of Norwegian local governments for 1981-2002 and exploiting the rigid wage system, we find a sizeable negative relationship between teacher shortages and the regional unemployment rate.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology in its series Working Paper Series with number 9608.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: 04 Dec 2008
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  1. Torberg Falch & Kaare Johansen & Bjarne Stroem, 2008. "Teacher shortages and the business cycle," Working Paper Series 9608, Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
  2. Maczulskij, Terhi, 2013. "Public–private sector wage differentials and the business cycle," Economic Systems, Elsevier, vol. 37(2), pages 284-301.
  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).

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