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Lost in Translation? Teacher Training and Outcomes in High School Economics Classes


Robert G. Valletta


Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Jody Hoff


Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Jane S. Lopus


California State University, East Bay - Department of Economics

March 12, 2012


Abstract:     
Using data on 24 teachers and 982 students from a 2006 survey of California high school economics classes, we assess the effects of student and teacher characteristics on student achievement. We estimate value-added models of outcomes on multiple choice and essay exams, with matched classroom pairs for each teacher enabling random effects and fixed-effects estimation. Students’ own and peer GPAs and their attitudes towards economics have the largest effects on value-added scores. We also find a substantial impact of specialized teacher experience and college-level coursework in Economics, although the effects of the latter are positive for the multiple choice test and negative for the essay test.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 31

Keywords: economic education, teacher training

JEL Classification: A21, I21

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Date posted: March 12, 2012  

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Valletta, Robert G. and Hoff, Jody and Lopus, Jane S., Lost in Translation? Teacher Training and Outcomes in High School Economics Classes (March 12, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2020745 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2020745

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Robert G. Valletta (Contact Author)
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco ( email )
101 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States
415-974-3345 (Phone)
415-977-4084 (Fax)
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
Jody Hoff
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco ( email )
101 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States
415-974-3230 (Phone)
451-974-2417 (Fax)
Jane S. Lopus
California State University, East Bay - Department of Economics ( email )
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94542
United States
510-885-3140 (Phone)
510-656-8871 (Fax)
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