School competition and teacher labor markets: Evidence from charter school entry in North Carolina

Clement Kirabo Jackson*

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Abstract

I analyze changes in teacher turnover, hiring, effectiveness, and salaries at traditional public schools after the opening of a nearby charter school. While I find small effects on turnover overall, difficult to staff schools (low-income, high-minority share) hired fewer new teachers and experienced small declines in teacher quality. I also find evidence of a demand side response where schools increased teacher compensation to better retain quality teachers. The results are robust across a variety of alternate specifications to account for non-random charter entry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-448
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Public Economics
Volume96
Issue number5-6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012

Keywords

  • Charter schools
  • School competition
  • Teacher labor markets
  • Teacher quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics

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