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Teacher Location Choice And The Distribution Of Quality: Evidence From New York City

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This article studies the distribution of teacher quality measures across the New York City school system. Because teachers are paid along a fixed salary schedule and they have the option to transfer schools, this analysis measures the degree to which environmental factors affect teacher location choice. Both school-based and neighborhood-based effects are measured, and both types are significant. Furthermore, this article finds that the location of the school in relation to the suburban borders is an important determinant of teacher location choice. (JEL "I29", "J24", "J61") Copyright 2005 Western Economic Association International.

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  • Jason Barr, 2005. "Teacher Location Choice And The Distribution Of Quality: Evidence From New York City," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 23(4), pages 585-600, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:coecpo:v:23:y:2005:i:4:p:585-600
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    • I29 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Other
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers

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