Pay, Working Conditions, and Teacher Quality

  title={Pay, Working Conditions, and Teacher Quality},
  author={Eric Alan Hanushek and Eric Alan Steven G. (Steven Gary) Rivkin},
  journal={The Future of Children},
  pages={69 - 86}
Eric Hanushek and Steven Rivkin examine how salary and working conditions affect the quality of instruction in the classroom. [...] Key Result They note that both wages and student characteristics affect teachers' choices and result in a sorting of teachers across schools, but they find little evidence that teacher transitions are detrimental to student learning. Expand

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