Preferences and Skills of Indian Public Sector Teachers

45 Pages Posted: 26 May 2012

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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)

Abstract

With a sample of 700 future public sector primary teachers in India, a Discrete Choice Experiment is used to measure job preferences, particularly regarding location. General skills are also tested. Urban origin teachers and women are more averse to remote locations than rural origin teachers and men respectively. The joint analysis of preferences and skills suggests that existing caste and gender quotas are detrimental for the objective of hiring skilled teachers willing to work in remote locations. The most preferred location is home, which supports decentralised hiring, although evidence suggests that in remote areas this could compromise skills.

Keywords: discrete choice experiment, teacher recruitment, job preferences, hiring quotas, skills, India

JEL Classification: I25, J33, J45

Suggested Citation

Fagernäs, Sonja and Pelkonen, Panu, Preferences and Skills of Indian Public Sector Teachers. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6563, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2066986

Sonja Fagernäs (Contact Author)

University of Sussex - Department of Economics ( email )

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Panu Pelkonen

University of Sussex - Department of Economics

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Falmer
Brighton, Sussex BNI 9RF
United Kingdom

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

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United Kingdom

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