Medium-Run Consequences of Wisconsin's Act 10: Teacher Pay and Employment

30 Pages Posted: 17 May 2017 Last revised: 20 Nov 2019

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Rebecca Jorgensen

University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, Students

Charles C. Moul

Miami University of Ohio - Department of Economics

Date Written: August 19, 2019

Abstract

Wisconsin’s Act 10 in 2011 gutted collective bargaining rights for public school teachers and mandated benefits cuts for most districts. We use various cross-state methods on school-district data from school years 2002-03 to 2015-16 to examine the act’s immediate and medium-run net impacts on compensation and employment. We find that Act 10 coincided with ongoing significant benefit relative declines beyond the immediate benefit cuts. Controlling for funding level and composition reveals that Wisconsin school districts, unlike their control counterparts, have seen the number of teachers per student rise in the years since Act 10.

Keywords: Educational Finance, Collective Bargaining, Public Policy

JEL Classification: H75, J58, I22

Suggested Citation

Jorgensen, Rebecca and Moul, Charles C., Medium-Run Consequences of Wisconsin's Act 10: Teacher Pay and Employment (August 19, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2969077 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2969077

Rebecca Jorgensen

University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, Students ( email )

3641 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Charles C. Moul (Contact Author)

Miami University of Ohio - Department of Economics ( email )

Farmer School of Business
Oxford, OH 45056
United States

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