Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/103523
Authors: 
Balcázar, Carlos Felipe
Nopo, Hugo
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8477
Abstract: 
A growing literature establishes that good teachers are essential for high quality educational systems. However, little is known about teachers' skills formation during their college years. In this paper we use a novel panel data set combining two standardized tests for Colombian students: one that is taken at the end of senior year in high school and the other when students are near graduation from college. Accounting for selection into majors we test for the extent to which education majors relatively improve or deteriorate their skills in comparison to students in other programs. We analyze three sets of skills: quantitative reasoning, native language (Spanish) and foreign language (English). After around 5 years of college, teachers' skills vis-à-vis those in other majors deteriorate in quantitative reasoning, although they deteriorate less for those in math-oriented programs. For native and foreign language we do not find evidence of robust changes in relative learning.
Subjects: 
teacher performance
career choice
self-selection
relative learning mobility
JEL: 
I2
I21
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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