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Rationality in Public Sector Salary Scales: The Case of Rural Teachers in Pakistan

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  • Shahrukh Rafi Khan
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    Public sector salaries, including those that apply to rural teachers in Pakistan, are rigidly determined by educational qualifications and experience. If it can be determined that educational qualifications and experience enhance teacher cognitive skills, which in turn enhance student cognitive skills, one can infer that there is some rationality to such a salary structure and that teacher incentives are compatible with teacher effectiveness.We utilized two data sets to test these propositions. The first, based only on a survey of government schools, seemed to suggest that some rationality, with many qualifications, existed in rural public sector schooling salary scales. However, utilizing a more recent data set that is disaggregated by school type (government, non-government and private sectors) showed no such rationality existed in the public sector, while salaries were responsive to qualifications in the non-government and private sectors.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Education Economics.

    Volume (Year): 10 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 333-345

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:edecon:v:10:y:2002:i:3:p:333-345
    DOI: 10.1080/09645290210127552
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