New Evidence on Teacher Labor Supply

35 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2011

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Mimi Engel

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Brian Jacob

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: February 2011

Abstract

Recent evidence on the large variance in teacher effectiveness has spurred renewed interest in teacher labor market policies. A substantial body of prior research documents that more highly qualified teachers tend to work in more advantaged schools, although this literature cannot determine the relative importance of supply versus demand factors in generating this equilibrium outcome. To isolate the importance of teacher labor supply, we attended three large teacher job fairs in Chicago during the summer of 2006 and collected detailed information on the specific schools at which teachers interviewed. We document a substantial variation in the number of applicants per school, with some schools having fewer than five applicants and others schools having over 300 applicants, even after controlling for the number and type of positions advertised at the school. We show that the demographic characteristics of schools strongly predict the number of applicants to the school in the expected direction. Interestingly, the geographic location of the school is an extremely strong predictor of applications, even after controlling for a host of observable school and neighborhood characteristics.

Suggested Citation

Engel, Mimi and Jacob, Brian, New Evidence on Teacher Labor Supply (February 2011). NBER Working Paper No. w16802. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1768560

Mimi Engel (Contact Author)

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Brian Jacob

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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