Panel: Attracting, Evaluating, and Retaining Talented Teachers

Saturday, November 9, 2019: 3:15 PM-4:45 PM
Plaza Building: Concourse Level, Governor's Square 15 (Sheraton Denver Downtown)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Organizer:  Eric Taylor, Harvard University
Discussant:  Brian A. Jacob, University of Michigan

This panel addresses several key challenges of teacher workforce management and policy: (a) Attracting and screening potential teachers.  A study of pre-college academic achievement and long run teacher performance, using data from Chile. (b) Compensation, including salaries and pensions. First, a study of teachers’ willingness to trade off higher salaries for more generous pensions, using data from Wisconsin. Second, a study of the removal of teacher pay scales in England, and how competition for teachers led to higher and more disperse salary increases. (c) Performance evaluation for teachers. A study of teachers who were incentivized to give more effort to select students—incentives created by performance evaluation rules—and teachers responses consistent with those incentives, using data from North Carolina. Selecting teachers, compensation, evaluation, and other key tasks interact to raise or lower the quality of teaching students experience in schools.

Pre-College Achievement and Long Run Teacher Productivity
Christopher Neilson1, Sebastian Gallego2 and Franco Calle1, (1)Princeton University, (2)IDB

Does Evaluation Distort Teacher Effort and Decisions? Quasi-Experimental Evidence from a Policy of Retesting Students
Esteban Aucejo, Arizona State University, Teresa Romano, Emory University and Eric Taylor, Harvard University

Deregulating Teacher Labour Markets
Richard Murphy, University of Texas, Austin, Simon Burgess, Bristol University and Ellen Greaves, Institute for Fiscal Studies

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