The Role of Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Factors in Teacher Turnover and Mobility Decisions.

45 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2006

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Steve Bradley

Lancaster University

Colin P. Green

Department of Economics

Gareth Leeves

University of Queensland - School of Economics

Date Written: August 24, 2006

Abstract

We investigate the determinants of teacher exits from and mobility within the Queensland state school system. In common with previous research we find that non-pecuniary factors, such as class size and location, affect movement decisions but our results suggest a significant role for pecuniary factors. In particular, higher wages reduce exits from the public sector, especially in the case of more experienced female teachers. Locality allowances paid to teachers in rural and remote schools, where non-pecuniary factors are less attractive, appear to have some success in attracting and retaining staff in these locations.

Keywords: Teachers, Turnover, Mobility

JEL Classification: J44, J45, J61, J63

Suggested Citation

Bradley, Steve and Green, Colin P. and Leeves, Gareth, The Role of Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Factors in Teacher Turnover and Mobility Decisions. (August 24, 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=926319 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.926319

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Colin P. Green

Department of Economics ( email )

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Norway

Gareth Leeves

University of Queensland - School of Economics ( email )

Brisbane, QLD 4072
Australia

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