Recruiting and Retaining Teachers in the UK: An Analysis of Graduate Occupation Choice from the 1960s to the 1990s

28 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2007

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Arnaud Chevalier

University of Kent - Department of Economics

Steven McIntosh

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Peter Dolton

University of London - Institute of Education; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

This paper examines the market for teachers in the UK from 1960 to 2002 using six graduate cohort data-sets. We find that, while there is no strong evidence that teachers are underpaid, the relative wages in teaching compared with alternative professions have a significant impact on the likelihood of graduates choosing to teach. This wage effect is strongest at times of low relative teachers' wages, or following a period of decline in those wages. It is also strongest for those individuals who have more recently graduated, and for men.

Suggested Citation

Chevalier, Arnaud and McIntosh, Steven and Dolton, Peter, Recruiting and Retaining Teachers in the UK: An Analysis of Graduate Occupation Choice from the 1960s to the 1990s. Economica, Vol. 74, No. 293, pp. 69-96, February 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=956967 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0335.2006.00528.x

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