Relative Teacher Salaries and the Decision to Teach

9 Pages Posted: 30 May 2017

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Dan S. Rickman

Oklahoma State University - Stillwater - Department of Economics & Legal Studies in Business

Hongbo Wang

Oklahoma State University - Stillwater

John V. Winters

Iowa State University - Department of Economics

Date Written: July 2017

Abstract

Using the 3‐year microdata sample of the American Community Survey for 2009–2011, we examine the effect of state‐level public school teacher salaries relative to those of other college graduates in the state not employed in education on the decision to teach. We find that relative teacher salaries in the state positively affect the share of education majors that are employed as public school teachers at the time of the survey. The effect for males majoring in math, science, and computer education is largest among all estimated effects. A statistically significant effect is also found among females majoring in elementary education.

JEL Classification: H75, I20, R23

Suggested Citation

Rickman, Dan S. and Wang, Hongbo and Winters, John V., Relative Teacher Salaries and the Decision to Teach (July 2017). Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 35, Issue 3, pp. 542-550, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2976563 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/coep.12195

Dan S. Rickman (Contact Author)

Oklahoma State University - Stillwater - Department of Economics & Legal Studies in Business ( email )

201 Business Building
Stillwater, OK 74078-0555
United States

Hongbo Wang

Oklahoma State University - Stillwater ( email )

Stillwater, OK 74078-0555
United States

John V. Winters

Iowa State University - Department of Economics ( email )

260 Heady Hall
Ames, IA 50011
United States

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