School Choice Benefits Teachers Too? The Effect of School Choice Programs on Teacher Salaries and Employment
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We examine whether diminishing monopsony power, through the introduction of public and private school choice programs, benefits teacher salaries and employment in the United States overall. We use year and district fixed effects regression, comparing over 18 thousand public school districts to themselves over two decades, and find that school choice programs increase teacher salaries and employment. Specifically, private school voucher programs increase public school teacher salaries by a tenth of a standard deviation and employment by around seven percent of a standard deviation. Further, we use year and school fixed effects regression, comparing nearly a thousand private schools in Indiana, D.C., and Louisiana to themselves over 14 years, and find that voucher programs largely increase private school teaching jobs by around one standard deviation.