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Does Raising the School Leaving Age Reduce Teacher Effort? A Note from a Policy Experiment

20 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2010 Last revised: 20 Aug 2010

Colin P. Green

Lancaster University - Department of Economics

Maria Navarro

Foundation for Applied Economic Research (FEDEA)

Date Written: July 23, 2010

Abstract

This paper examines the impact of an increase in the school leaving age on high school teachers’ absence behaviour. We estimate difference in difference models of absenteeism using count data approaches. Employing data from the Spanish Labour Force Survey, our findings suggest that high school teachers reduced their effort due to the reform that raised the age of compulsory education commencing in the academic year 1998-1999 in Spain. In particular, they take 15% more sickness absence in the posttreatment period. This result is robust to a variety of specifications, and should be of interest to both policy makers and researchers who rely upon compulsory school law changes as a source of exogenous variation in educational attainment.

Keywords: Absenteeism, Compulsory Schooling Laws, Count Data, Teachers

JEL Classification: J22, J38

Suggested Citation

Green, Colin P. and Navarro, Maria, Does Raising the School Leaving Age Reduce Teacher Effort? A Note from a Policy Experiment (July 23, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1632302 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1632302

Colin P. Green (Contact Author)

Lancaster University - Department of Economics ( email )

Lancaster LA1 4YX
United Kingdom

Maria Navarro

Foundation for Applied Economic Research (FEDEA) ( email )

Jorge Juan 46
Madrid, 28001
Spain

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