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Teacher quality policy when supply matters

  • Jesse Rothstein

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    (University of California, Berkeley)

Recent proposals would strengthen the dependence of teacher pay and retention on performance, in order to attract those who will be effective teachers and repel those who will not. I model the teacher labor market, incorporating dynamic self-selection, noisy performance measurement, and Bayesian learning. Simulations indicate that labor market interactions are important to the evaluation of alternative teacher contracts. Typical bonus policies have very small effects on selection. Firing policies can have larger effects, if accompanied by substantial salary increases. However, misalignment between productivity and measured performance nearly eliminates the benefits while preserving most of the costs.

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Paper provided by Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB) in its series Working Papers with number 2012/35.

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Length: 65 pages
Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:ieb:wpaper:2012/6/doc2012-35
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