The teacher labour market and teacher quality

Eric Eide, Dan Goldhaber, Dominic Brewer

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A growing body of empirical evidence shows teacher quality to be the most important schooling factor predicting students' learning gains. Unfortunately, US public schools face difficulties attracting the best and brightest college graduates. Over the last several decades there has been a notable shift in the occupational choices of prospective teachers. The most academically proficient college graduates were, in the 1960s, as likely to enter teaching as any other occupation. Today, however, teachers are disproportionately drawn from the lower end of the academic proficiency distribution. We explore these trends and speculate on the reasons for them. In particular, we focus on the roles of compensation structures and changes in the labour market in explaining the occupational decisions made by existing college graduates and what these foreshadow for the teacher work-force in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)230-244
Number of pages15
JournalOxford Review of Economic Policy
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2004

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The teacher labour market and teacher quality. / Eide, Eric; Goldhaber, Dan; Brewer, Dominic.

In: Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Vol. 20, No. 2, 06.2004, p. 230-244.

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