ERIC Number: ED185665
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar-17
Reference Count: 0
An Exploratory Study of Changes in Economic Conditions and Teacher Salaries in Metropolitan Areas.
Matthews, Kenneth M.
Encompassing the years between 1969 and 1979, this study of 18 standard metropolitan statistical areas (SMSAs) attempted to determine if changes in selected economic indicators were correlated with changes in teacher salaries. Researchers looked at changes in consumer price indices, per capita personal income, and average beginning teachers' salaries in 335 school districts. In addition, a questionnaire was sent to superintendents in the sample districts. The findings of the study do not support significant causal relationships between changes in the cost of living or changes in local income and changes in metropolitan teachers' salaries. The evidence reported is consistent with two conclusions. First, changes in teachers' salaries in referent districts have a greater impact on changes in teachers' salaries in metropolitan districts than either changes in the cost of living or changes ln the incomes of local populations. Second, changes in the amount of discretionary funds available to metropolitan districts have a greater impact on changes in teachers' salaries than either changes in the cost of living or changes in local incomes. Also of interest is that per capita personal incomes in the sample SMSAs increased much more than average beginning salaries for teachers. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Finance Association (San Diego, CA, March 16-18, 1980).