Do Teachers Really Leave for Higher Paying Jobs in Alternative Occupations?

49 Pages Posted: 15 May 2006  

Todd R. Stinebrickner

University of Western Ontario - Department of Economics

Benjamin P. Scafidi

Georgia College & State University; Kennesaw State University - Michael J. Coles College of Business

David L. Sjoquist

Georgia State University

Date Written: November 2004

Abstract

In this paper we examine one of the fundamental beliefs underlying education policy - that the majority of teacher attrition is caused by the attractiveness of higher-paying alternative occupations. Using unique data from the state of Georgia that are created by merging administrative data from the educational system with wage records from the Unemployment Insurance system, we find very strong evidence that this common perception is not correct. A simple theoretical framework indicates that correct information about what teachers do when they leave teaching is important from the standpoint of designing effective education policy and that the current existence of incorrect information may have quite harmful effects. The paper discusses why incorrect information of this type might arise and why it has been able to persist.

Suggested Citation

Stinebrickner, Todd R. and Scafidi, Benjamin P. and Sjoquist, David L., Do Teachers Really Leave for Higher Paying Jobs in Alternative Occupations? (November 2004). Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Research Paper Series No. 06-50. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=902027 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.902027

Todd R. Stinebrickner (Contact Author)

University of Western Ontario - Department of Economics ( email )

London, Ontario N6A 5B8
Canada

Benjamin P. Scafidi

Georgia College & State University ( email )

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Milledgeville, GA 31061
United States
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Kennesaw State University - Michael J. Coles College of Business ( email )

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Kennesaw, GA 30144
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David L. Sjoquist

Georgia State University ( email )

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Atlanta, GA 30302-3992
United States
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