Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/89840
Authors: 
Hart, Cassandra M. D.
Sojourner, Aaron J.
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 7887
Abstract: 
This paper studies the relationship between teacher unionization and student achievement. Generally stable patterns of teacher unionization since the 1970s have historically presented challenges in measuring the effects of unionization on educational production. However, the blossoming of the charter school sector in recent decades provides fertile ground for study because while most charters are non-union, teachers at some charters have unionized. Using a generalized difference-in-difference approach combining California union certification data with student achievement data from 2003-2012, we find that, aside from a one-year dip in achievement associated with the unionization process itself, unionization does not affect student achievement.
Subjects: 
teacher
labor union
student achievement
charter school
education
labor productivity
JEL: 
I21
J5
J45
J24
H75
D24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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