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Teacher Literacy and Numeracy Skills: International Evidence from PIAAC and ALL

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  • Bart H.H. Golsteyn

    (Department of Economics, Maastricht University)

  • Stan Vermeulen

    (Department of Economics, Maastricht University)

  • Inge de Wolf

    (Inspectorate of Education and Department of Economics, Maastricht University)

Abstract

Using the OECD-studies PIAAC and ALL, this paper shows that teachers on average have better literacy and numeracy skills than other respondents in almost all of the 15 countries in the samples. In most countries, teachers outperform others in the bottom percentiles, while in some countries they perform better than others throughout the skill distribution. These results imply that the scope to improve teachers’ skills varies between countries and that policy makers should take the shape of the skills distribution into account when designing interventions in order to most efficiently raise teachers’ skills.

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  • Bart H.H. Golsteyn & Stan Vermeulen & Inge de Wolf, 2016. "Teacher Literacy and Numeracy Skills: International Evidence from PIAAC and ALL," Economics of Education Working Paper Series 0119, University of Zurich, Department of Business Administration (IBW).
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    Keywords

    Teachers; Skills; Human Capital;
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    JEL classification:

    • I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education
    • J2 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor
    • J45 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Public Sector Labor Markets

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