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Does raising the school leaving age reduce teacher effort?:Evidence from a Policy Experiment

Green, Colin and Navarro Paniagua, Maria (2012) Does raising the school leaving age reduce teacher effort?:Evidence from a Policy Experiment. Economic Inquiry, 50 (4). pp. 1018-1030. ISSN 1465-7295

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Abstract

This paper examines the effect of an increase in the compulsory school leaving age on a measure of high school teachers' effort. Differences-in-Differences estimates using count data methods demonstrate that the policy led to teachers increasing their hours of sickness absence by roughly 15%. This result implies that raising the compulsory school leaving age reduces teaching inputs, and hence schooling quality. A policy implication is that these laws should be coupled with measures to compensate teachers for the additional disutility. This also suggests that instrumental variable estimates of returns to education that utilize these changes for identification may be downwardly biased.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Economic Inquiry
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Economics
ID Code: 52230
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 04 Jan 2012 17:35
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2014 00:01
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/52230

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