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Under Pressure: Job Security, Resource Allocation, and Productivity in Schools Under NCLB

Randall Reback, Jonah Rockoff, Heather L. Schwartz

NBER Working Paper No. 16745
Issued in January 2011

---- Acknowledgements -----

We thank Steve Rivkin and David Figlio for their detailed comments, as well as participants at the American Economics Association meetings, the CALDER/Urban Institute NCLB Research Conference, the Association for Public Policy and Management conference, the International Workshop on Applied Economics of Education, and the American Education Finance Association conference for many thoughtful suggestions. This research project was made possible by funding from the Institute for Education Sciences and the Spencer Foundation, as well as seed grants from the Columbia University Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy and Barnard College, and support from the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate at Columbia Business School. The authors are solely responsible for any opinions or errors in the paper. Molly Alter, Daisy Chu, Ben Lockwood, Julia Zhou, Sean Tom, and especially Elizabeth Davidson provided outstanding research assistance. The authors thank the U.S. Department of Education for providing access to the restricted-use versions of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey and Schools and Staffing Survey. To comply with restricted-use data reporting requirements, all sample sizes in this paper have been rounded to the nearest ten. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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