Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/110707
Authors: 
Rickman, Dan S.
Wang, Hongbo
Winters, John V.
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8984
Abstract: 
Using the 3-year sample of the American Community Survey (ACS) for 2009 to 2011, we compute public school teacher salaries for comparison across U.S. states. Teacher salaries are adjusted for state differences in teacher characteristics, cost of living, household amenity attractiveness and federal tax rates. Salaries of non-teaching college graduates, defined as those with occupations outside of education, are used to adjust for state household amenity attractiveness. We then find that state differences in federal tax-adjusted teacher salaries relative those of other college graduates significantly affects the share of education majors that are employed as teachers at the time of the survey.
Subjects: 
teachers
teacher salaries
teaching profession
teacher retention
JEL: 
H75
I20
I28
J24
J31
R23
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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