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Gregory F. Branch

Texas Schools Project
University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, TX 75080

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February 2012Estimating the Effect of Leaders on Public Sector Productivity: The Case of School Principals
with Eric A. Hanushek, Steven G. Rivkin: w17803
Although much has been written about the importance of leadership in the determination of organizational success, there is little quantitative evidence due to the difficulty of separating the impact of leaders from other organizational components - particularly in the public sector. Schools provide an especially rich environment for studying the impact of public sector management, not only because of the hypothesized importance of leadership but also because of the plentiful achievement data that provide information on institutional outcomes. Outcome-based estimates of principal value-added to student achievement reveal significant variation in principal quality that appears to be larger for high-poverty schools. Alternate lower-bound estimates based on direct estimation of the variance yi...
 
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