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Parents' Responses to Teacher Qualifications

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  • Chang, Simon

    (University of Western Australia)

  • Cobb-Clark, Deborah A.

    (University of Sydney)

  • Salamanca, Nicolás

    (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research)

Abstract

We identify the causal effect of teacher qualifications on parents' investments in their children. Exploiting a unique, high-stakes educational setting in which teachers are randomly assigned to classes, we show that parents react to more qualified teachers by increasing their financial investments in their children. The key mechanism is an increase in parents' belief that academic achievement is driven by student effort—for which financial investment is instrumental. However, higher teacher qualifications do not improve student test scores. This is likely due to a negative effect of teacher qualifications on students' belief in the importance of effort for academic achievement. Our findings uncover various family-wide behavioral reactions to teacher qualifications and highlight the intricacies in educational production within households.

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  • Chang, Simon & Cobb-Clark, Deborah A. & Salamanca, Nicolás, 2020. "Parents' Responses to Teacher Qualifications," IZA Discussion Papers 13065, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    school effort; teacher quality; student achievement; parental investment; beliefs;
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    • D10 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - General
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I24 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Inequality

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