Teacher Mobility Responses to Wage Changes: Evidence from a Quasi-natural Experiment
American Economic Review
no. 3, May 2011
This paper utilizes a Norwegian experiment with exogenous wage changes to study teachers' turnover decisions. Within a completely centralized wage setting system, teachers in schools with a high degree of teacher vacancies in the past got a wage premium of about 10 percent during the period 1993-94 to 2002-03. The empirical strategy exploits that several schools switched status during the empirical period. In a fixed effects framework, I find that the wage premium reduces the probability of voluntary quits by six percentage points, which implies a short run labor supply elasticity of about 1 1/4 .
"Teacher Mobility Responses to Wage Changes: Evidence from a Quasi-natural Experiment."
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State and Local Government: Health; Education; Welfare; Public Pensions
Analysis of Education
Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
Public Sector Labor Markets
Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
Labor Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs