Does%20Rewarding%20Pedagogical%20Excellence%20Keep%20Teachers%20in%20the%20Classroom%3F%20Evidence%20from%20a%20Voluntary%20Award%20Program

Working Papers

Does Rewarding Pedagogical Excellence Keep Teachers in the Classroom? Evidence from a Voluntary Award Program


CODE: IDB-WP-906
AUTHOR(s): Berlinski, Samuel , Ramos, Alejandra
PUBLISHED: June 2018
LANGUAGE: English
RELATED TOPICS: Poverty Reduction and Labor
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Abstract:

This paper analyzes the effects on teacher retention and between-school mobility of a program that rewards excellence in pedagogical practice in Chile. Teachers apply voluntarily for the award and those who succeed on a set of assessments receive a 6 percent annual wage increase for up to 10 years. A sharp regression discontinuity design is used to identify the causal effect of receiving the award. Using administrative data over several cohorts of applicants, the estimates indicate that locally the award does not alter transitions out of the school system. This suggests that around the threshold the skills rewarded by the program are not strongly correlated with the value of the teachers’ outside option. An increase in mobility, however, is observed within the school system among teachers who receive the award. These mobility patterns are consistent with the award providing a signal of teacher quality.

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