To Teach or Not to Teach? Panel Data Evidence on the Quitting Decision
30 Pages Posted: 7 Jun 2004
Date Written: May 2004
The question we address in this paper is which factors influence the quitting decision of public sector teachers in England and Wales, using a nationally representative panel data set over 1997-2003. We document the outcomes of former teachers, fit single and competing risks duration models and examine the influence of relative pay on retention. Surprisingly, we find that teachers who move to outside employment earn 22% less pay, work longer hours, in largely nonprofessional occupations and mainly stay within the public sector. We estimate that a 10% increase in teachers? relative pay would reduce annual quitting rates by less than 1%.
Keywords: teachers, panel data, wages, quitting
JEL Classification: J45, J63, I18
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