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Structural educational reform : evidence from a teacher's displacement program in Armenia

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  • Kuddo, Arvo
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    This paper reviews the experience of Armenia with the displacement of more than 7,000 teachers during 2003-07 as part of structural reforms in general education. In addition to supplementary severance payments, a variety of services were needed to address difficulties commonly experienced by displaced employees, including job search assistance and counseling services, provision of information on the labor market, on legal rights of job seekers, on services and service providers available, including training, relocation assistance, and so forth. The findings of the paper suggest that the staff rationalization program has resulted in significant efficiency gains: the student-teacher ratio increased from 10.8 in 2003 to 13.9 in 2006. The considerable reduction in staff positions has allowed the government to significantly increase nominal wages and salaries for teaching and non-teaching staff.

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    Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Social Protection Discussion Papers with number 47164.

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    Date of creation: 01 Jan 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:wbk:hdnspu:47164

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    Keywords: Labor Markets; Tertiary Education; Primary Education; Education For All;

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