ERIC Number: ED490865
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
What Do Parents Value in Education? An Empirical Investigation of Parents' Revealed Preferences for Teachers. NBER Working Paper No. 11494
Jacob, Brian A.; Lefgren, Lars
National Bureau of Economic Research
This paper examines revealed parent preferences for their children's education using a unique data set that includes the number of parent requests for individual elementary school teachers along with information on teacher attributes including principal reports of teacher characteristics that are typically unobservable. We find that, on average, parents strongly prefer teachers that principals describe as good at promoting student satisfaction and place relatively less value on a teacher's ability to raise standardized math or reading achievement. These aggregate effects, however, mask striking differences across family demographics. Families in higher poverty schools strongly value student achievement and are essentially indifferent to the principal's report of a teacher's ability to promote student satisfaction. The results are reversed for families in higher-income schools.
Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, Values, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Characteristics, Socioeconomic Status
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA.