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Goldhaber, Dan; DeArmond, Michael; Player, Daniel; Choi, Hyung-Jai – Journal of Education Finance, 2008
This article presents a principal-agent model in the context of public schools to help explain the use of merit pay for teachers. The model considers how both the nature of teaching and the political costs of union resistance affect school district merit pay decisions. Our results support the idea that merit pay is more likely in environments…
Descriptors: Merit Pay, Academic Achievement, Teacher Salaries, School Districts
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Goldhaber, Dan; Player, Daniel – Journal of Education Finance, 2005
There is significant public policy concern that teacher salaries in the United States are insufficient to make teaching in public schools financially attractive; consequently, there are not enough high-quality teachers. This concern has been particularly acute of late for two reasons. First, new empirical research shows teacher quality to be the…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Teacher Salaries, Teacher Effectiveness, Public Schools
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Goldhaber, Dan; Callahan, Karen – Journal of Education Finance, 2001
Examines state- and district-level spending patterns in Tennessee to assess the extent to which the Basic Education Program (BEP) funding formula has affected spending in the state and spending in districts with varying characteristics, for example, poverty status of students, school district size. Suggests that BEP led to greater education…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Funding Formulas