NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Match Quality, Worker Productivity, and Worker Mobility: Direct Evidence From Teachers

C. Kirabo Jackson

NBER Working Paper No. 15990
Issued in May 2010
NBER Program(s):   CH   ED   LS   PE

I investigate the importance of the match between teachers and schools for student achievement. I show that teacher effectiveness increases after a move to a different school, and I estimate teacher-school match effects using a mixed-effects estimator. Match quality "explains away" a quarter of, and has two-thirds the explanatory power of teacher quality. Match quality is negatively correlated with turnover, unrelated with exit, and increases with experience. This paper provides the first estimates of worker-firm match quality using output data as opposed to inferring productivity from wages or employment durations. Because teacher wages are essentially unrelated to productivity, this is compelling evidence that workers may seek high-quality matches for reasons other than higher pay.

download in pdf format
   (240 K)

email paper

This paper is available as PDF (240 K) or via email.

This paper was revised on February 23, 2012

Machine-readable bibliographic record - MARC, RIS, BibTeX

Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w15990

Published: C. Kirabo Jackson, 2013. "Match Quality, Worker Productivity, and Worker Mobility: Direct Evidence from Teachers," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 95(4), pages 1096-1116, October.

Users who downloaded this paper also downloaded these:
Boyd, Lankford, Loeb, Ronfeldt, and Wyckoff w15966 The Role of Teacher Quality in Retention and Hiring: Using Applications-to-Transfer to Uncover Preferences of Teachers and Schools
Barro and Lee w15902 A New Data Set of Educational Attainment in the World, 1950–2010
Jackson and Bruegmann w15202 Teaching Students and Teaching Each Other: The Importance of Peer Learning for Teachers
Jackson w17225 School Competition and Teacher Labor Markets: Evidence from Charter School Entry in North Carolina
Rothstein w14442 Teacher Quality in Educational Production: Tracking, Decay, and Student Achievement
 
Publications
Activities
Meetings
NBER Videos
Data
People
About

Support
National Bureau of Economic Research, 1050 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138; 617-868-3900; email: info@nber.org

Contact Us