Panel Paper: Do Teachers' Unions Increase Class Size? Evidence from Tennessee

Thursday, November 2, 2017
Comiskey (Hyatt Regency Chicago)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Laura D. Quinby, Harvard University

Do school districts hire more teachers when they no longer collectively bargain? A 2011 ban on formal negotiation in Tennessee only affected some school districts, allowing a differences-in-differences analysis. De-unionization modestly reduced teacher compensation and increased teacher-student ratios. The results suggest that union compensation premiums restrict the size of the teaching workforce.

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