Teacher Effects and Teacher-Related Policies

Posted: 8 Aug 2014

See all articles by C. Kirabo Jackson

C. Kirabo Jackson

Northwestern University

Jonah E. Rockoff

Columbia Business School - Finance and Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Douglas Staiger

Dartmouth College - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: August 2014

Abstract

The emergence of large longitudinal data sets linking students to teachers has led to rapid growth in the study of teacher effects on student outcomes by economists over the past decade. One large literature has documented wide variation in teacher effectiveness that is not well explained by observable student or teacher characteristics. A second literature has investigated how educational outcomes might be improved by leveraging teacher effectiveness through processes of recruitment, assignment, compensation, evaluation, promotion, and retention. These two lines of inquiry are closely tied; the first tells us about the importance of individual teachers, and the second tells us how this information can be used in policy and practice. We review the most recent findings in economics on the importance of teachers and on teacher-related policies aimed at improving educational production.

Suggested Citation

Kirabo Jackson, C. and Rockoff, Jonah E. and Staiger, Douglas, Teacher Effects and Teacher-Related Policies (August 2014). Annual Review of Economics, Vol. 6, pp. 801-825, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2477755 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-economics-080213-040845

C. Kirabo Jackson (Contact Author)

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Jonah E. Rockoff

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Douglas Staiger

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