The teacher labour market, teacher turnover and disadvantaged schools: new evidence for England

Rebecca Allen, Simon Burgess*, Jennifer Mayo

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Abstract

We study the market for teachers in England, in particular teacher turnover. We show that there is a positive raw association between the level of school disadvantage and the turnover rate of its teachers. This association diminishes as we control for school, pupil and local teacher labour market characteristics, but is not eliminated. The remaining association is largely accounted for by teacher characteristics, with the poorer schools hiring much younger teachers on average. We interpret this market equilibrium allocation as either deriving from the preferences of young teachers, or as reflecting the low market attractiveness of disadvantaged schools.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-23
Number of pages20
JournalEducation Economics
Volume26
Issue number1
Early online date31 Aug 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2018

Structured keywords

  • ECON Applied Economics
  • ECON CEPS Education

Keywords

  • disadvantaged schools
  • educational inequality
  • Teacher labour market
  • teacher turnover

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