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Entry Costs and the Supply of Public School Teachers


  • Randall Reback

    () (Department of Economics, Barnard College, Columbia University)


This article examines the impact of entry costs on the likelihood that recent college graduates will become public school teachers. I combine Barron's ratings of college selectivity, data on the types of teacher certification programs offered by colleges, and NELS data that track members of the high school class of 1988 into college and into the workforce. Restricting the sample to individuals who were not considering teaching careers when they were high school seniors, I estimate the marginal effect of the availability of undergraduate teacher certification programs on the likelihood that these individuals will become teachers. The results suggest that graduates from highly selective colleges are very sensitive to entry costs related to the number of years of schooling required for certification, while graduates from less selective colleges are not marginally influenced by these costs. © 2006 American Education Finance Association

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  • Randall Reback, 2006. "Entry Costs and the Supply of Public School Teachers," Education Finance and Policy, MIT Press, vol. 1(2), pages 247-265, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:edfpol:v:1:y:2006:i:2:p:247-265

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    entry costs; teacher certification; teacher supply;

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    • I22 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Educational Finance; Financial Aid


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