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Does performance related pay for teachers improve student performance? Some evidence from India

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  • Geeta Kingdon

    (Centre for the Study of African Economies)

  • Francis Teal

    (Centre for the Study of African Economies)

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In this paper data from a school survey in India is used to ask if there is evidence for the payment of performance related pay and whether such pay structures do impact on student achievement. It is shown that - after controlling for student ability, parental background and the resources available - private schools get significantly better academic results by relating pay to achievement; government schools do not. We discuss possible interpretations of this result.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Development and Comp Systems with number 0409009.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 15 Sep 2004
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpdc:0409009

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