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Teacher Sorting, Teacher Quality, and Student Composition: Evidence from Norway

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  • Hans Bonesrønning

    () (Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

  • Torberg Falch

    () (Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

  • Bjarne Strøm

    () (Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

Abstract

Using panel data for Norwegian schools, we establish a two-equation supply and demand model for teachers with approved education. Taking into account nationally determined teacher pay and a strict teacher appointment rule, the data enable us to separately estimate supply and demand functions for certified teachers. The results clearly indicate that the student body composition, and in particular students belonging to ethnic minorities, influences both teacher supply and teacher demand. The implied negative relationship between excess demand for certified teachers and the share of minority students is likely to be important for teacher quality.

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  • Hans Bonesrønning & Torberg Falch & Bjarne Strøm, 2003. "Teacher Sorting, Teacher Quality, and Student Composition: Evidence from Norway," Working Paper Series 3403, Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
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    1. S Bradley & C Green & G Leeves, 2006. "The role of pecuniary and non-pecuniary factors in teacher turnover and mobility decisions," Working Papers 579097, Lancaster University Management School, Economics Department.

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    Keywords

    Teacher sorting; Teacher quality; School choice;

    JEL classification:

    • C30 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - General
    • I29 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Other
    • J45 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Public Sector Labor Markets

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