Race, Poverty, and Teacher Mobility

36 Pages Posted: 15 May 2006

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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: August 2005

Abstract

This paper provides information about the importance of non-pecuniary school characteristics, such as race and poverty, on teacher turnover in Georgia. Simple descriptive statistics indicate that new teachers are more likely to leave schools with lower test scores, lower income, or higher proportions of minorities. A linear probability and a competing risks model of transitions out of first teaching jobs allow us to separate the importance of these highly correlated school characteristics. The estimates imply that teachers are much more likely to exit schools with large proportions of minority students, and that the other univariate statistical relationships are driven to a large extent by their correlation with the minority variable. Thus, while the common notion that teachers are more likely to leave high poverty schools is correct, it occurs because teachers are more likely to leave a particular type of poor school - one with a large proportion of minorities.

Keywords: teacher turnover, teacher mobility, school characteristics, minority students, working conditions

JEL Classification: I20

Suggested Citation

Stinebrickner, Todd R. and Scafidi, Benjamin P. and Sjoquist, David L., Race, Poverty, and Teacher Mobility (August 2005). Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Research Paper Series No. 06-51. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=902032 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.902032

Todd R. Stinebrickner (Contact Author)

University of Western Ontario - Department of Economics ( email )

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Benjamin P. Scafidi

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Kennesaw State University - Michael J. Coles College of Business ( email )

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David L. Sjoquist

Georgia State University ( email )

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