Merit Pay for School Superintendents?

51 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2004 Last revised: 5 Nov 2022

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Ronald G. Ehrenberg

ILR-Cornell University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Richard P. Chaykowski

Queen's University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Randy A. Ehrenberg

North Colonie Central Schools

Date Written: June 1986

Abstract

Given the important role that school district administratorsplay in the educational process, one might expect their"performance" to be of fundamental importance in determining bothhow much students learn and the cost of public education totaxpayers. Yet, while public debate has considered the issue ofmerit pay plans for teachers, virtually no attention has beendirected to the methods by which school administrators arecompensated.This paper provides evidence on whether school superintendentsare explicitly or implicitly rewarded for their"performance" by higher compensation and/or greater opportunitiesfor mobility. We analyze panel data from over 700 school'districts in New Ycrk State during the 1978-79 to 1982-83 period.Measures of performance are defined and then entered into salarylevel, salary change, and mobility equations. While evidence isprovided that school superintendents are rewarded for"performance", the magnitude of the rewards appear to be quitesmall.

Suggested Citation

Ehrenberg, Ronald G. and Chaykowski, Richard P. and Ehrenberg, Randy A., Merit Pay for School Superintendents? (June 1986). NBER Working Paper No. w1954, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=227079

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