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ERIC Number: ED509801
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
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Match Quality, Worker Productivity, and Worker Mobility: Direct Evidence from Teachers. NBER Working Paper No. 15990
Jackson, C. Kirabo
National Bureau of Economic Research
I investigate the importance of the match between teachers and schools for student achievement. I show that teacher effectiveness is higher after a move to a different school, and I estimate teacher-school match effects using a mixed effects estimator. Match quality can "explain away" a quarter of, and is as economically important as, teacher quality. Supporting models of worker mobility, teachers tend to exit schools with which match quality is low, and match quality is increasing in experience. This paper provides some of the first estimates of worker-firm match quality using output data as opposed to inferring productivity from wages or employment durations.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Economic Research
IES Cited: ED544345