Teacher Literacy and Numeracy Skills: International Evidence from PIAAC and All

45 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2016

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Bart Golsteyn

Maastricht University - Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Stockholm University - Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI)

Stan Vermeulen

Maastricht University

Inge de Wolf

Maastricht University

Abstract

Using the OECD-studies PIAAC and ALL, this paper shows that teachers on average have better literacy and numeracy skills than other respondents in almost all of the 15 countries in the samples. In most countries, teachers outperform others in the bottom percentiles, while in some countries they perform better than others throughout the skill distribution. These results imply that the scope to improve teachers' skills varies between countries and that policy makers should take the shape of the skills distribution into account when designing interventions in order to most efficiently raise teachers' skills.

Keywords: teachers, skills, human capital

JEL Classification: I2, J2, J45

Suggested Citation

Golsteyn, Bart and Vermeulen, Stan and de Wolf, Inge, Teacher Literacy and Numeracy Skills: International Evidence from PIAAC and All. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10252. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2849737

Bart Golsteyn (Contact Author)

Maastricht University - Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Stan Vermeulen

Maastricht University

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Maastricht, 6200MD
Netherlands

Inge De Wolf

Maastricht University

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Maastricht, 6200MD
Netherlands

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