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Personnel Management and School Productivity: Evidence from India

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  • Renata Lemos
  • Karthik Muralidharan
  • Daniela Scur

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This paper uses new data to study school management and productivity in India. We report four main results. First, management quality in public schools is low, and ~2σ below high-income countries with comparable data. Second, private schools have higher management quality, driven by much stronger people management. Third, people management quality is correlated with both independent measures of teaching practice, as well as school productivity measured by student value added. Fourth, private school teacher pay is positively correlated with teacher effectiveness, and better-managed private schools are more likely to retain their most effective teachers. Neither pattern is seen in public schools.

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  • Renata Lemos & Karthik Muralidharan & Daniela Scur, 2021. "Personnel Management and School Productivity: Evidence from India," NBER Working Papers 28336, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:28336
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    1. Katarzyna Anna Bilicka & Daniela Scur, 2021. "Organizational Capacity and Profit Shifting," CESifo Working Paper Series 9284, CESifo.
    2. Kumar, Deepak & Choudhury, Pradeep Kumar, 2021. "Do private schools really produce more learning than public schools in India? Accounting for student’s school absenteeism and the time spent on homework," International Journal of Educational Development, Elsevier, vol. 83(C).

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    • I25 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Economic Development
    • M5 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development

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