Thursday, May 28, 2009

"Student Demographics, Teacher Sorting, and Teacher Quality: Evidence from the End of School Desegregation,"

This paper will be published in the upcoming volume of the Journal of Labor Economics and is written by C. Kirabo Jackson.

The paper uses the end of a policy - a busing program that distributed the minority students across schools in the area, to investigate whether the proportion of minority students in a school has a causal relationship to teacher quality, as measured by years of experience, certification test scores and ability to improve student test scores. They found that the schools that had a large increase in the proportion of black students after the policy was discontinued had a decrease in the number of high-quality teachers.

I will update this post with the link to the article from the Journal of Labor Economics when it is available.

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