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Teacher moonlighting: evidence from the US Current Population Survey


  • John Winters


This article reports new evidence on teacher moonlighting from the US Current Population Survey. I investigate the determinants of teacher moonlighting and examine the effect that the teacher moonlighting has on the number of hours teachers spend on their primary job. I find that male teachers and teachers with advanced degrees are more likely to moonlight, but teacher pay appears to have little or no effect on the propensity to moonlight. I also find that holding a second job reduces the amount of time teachers spend on their primary jobs by about 1 h per week. Thus, teacher moonlighting may have harmful effects on education, though the effect on hours worked is neither trivial nor especially large.

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  • John Winters, 2010. "Teacher moonlighting: evidence from the US Current Population Survey," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 17(11), pages 1111-1114.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:17:y:2010:i:11:p:1111-1114
    DOI: 10.1080/00036840902817524

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    1. Barry T. Hirsch & Muhammad M. Husain & John V. Winters, 2016. "Multiple job holding, local labor markets, and the business cycle," IZA Journal of Labor Economics, Springer;Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit GmbH (IZA), vol. 5(1), pages 1-29, December.
    2. Katja Seidel, 2016. "Apprenticeship: The Intention to Quit and the Role of Secondary Jobs in It," Working Paper Series in Economics 361, University of L√ľneburg, Institute of Economics.

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