Whether to Hire Local Contract Teachers? Trade-Off between Skills and Preferences in India

48 Pages Posted: 24 Jun 2011

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Sonja Fagernäs

University of Sussex - Department of Economics

Panu Pelkonen

University of Sussex - Department of Economics; London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)

Date Written: June 21, 2011

Abstract

Whether to hire teachers locally on a contract basis, or via competitive examinations as government officials, is a major policy question in developing countries. We use a Discrete Choice Experiment to assess the job preferences of 700 future elementary school teachers in the state of Uttarakhand in India. The students have been selected using either competitive examination or from a pool of locally hired contract teachers. Skills in English, Arithmetic and Vocabulary are also tested. We find a trade-off between skills and preferences, as students hired using competitive examination have higher skills, but prefer posts in less remote regions.

Keywords: Discrete Choice Experiment, Education, Para-Teachers, Preferences, Skills

JEL Classification: H75, J24, J41, J45

Suggested Citation

Fagernäs, Sonja and Pelkonen, Panu, Whether to Hire Local Contract Teachers? Trade-Off between Skills and Preferences in India (June 21, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1869223 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1869223

Sonja Fagernäs

University of Sussex - Department of Economics ( email )

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Panu Pelkonen (Contact Author)

University of Sussex - Department of Economics

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United Kingdom

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London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) ( email )

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