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Cost Indices for Tennessee Local Education Providers: A Teacher Cost Approach


  • E. Anthon Eff


Policy makers need accurate measures of school district-level costs for a variety of reasons, including salary equity efforts and state-level funding of local schools. Since salaries constitute most of the operating costs for local education providers, teacher salary data provide a ready resource for constructing school cost indices. This paper provides an example of such an index, using year 2000 data for over 60,000 teachers employed by Tennessee public schools. The index is constructed using the parameters from a hedonic wage regression, and the resulting figures are published in the tables in the appendix.

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  • E. Anthon Eff, 2008. "Cost Indices for Tennessee Local Education Providers: A Teacher Cost Approach," Working Papers 200805, Middle Tennessee State University, Department of Economics and Finance.
  • Handle: RePEc:mts:wpaper:200805

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    school cost; hedonic regression; teacher salary; Tennessee;

    JEL classification:

    • I22 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Educational Finance; Financial Aid
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy
    • J45 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Public Sector Labor Markets

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