Constance A. Lindsay
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Washington, DC 20037
Institutional Affiliation: Urban Institute
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|November 2018||The Long-Run Impacts of Same-Race Teachers|
with Seth Gershenson, Cassandra M. D. Hart, Joshua Hyman, Nicholas W. Papageorge: w25254
We examine the impact of having a same-race teacher on students' long-run educational attainment. Leveraging random student-teacher pairings in the Tennessee STAR class-size experiment, we find that black students randomly assigned to a black teacher in grades K-3 are 5 percentage points (7%) more likely to graduate from high school and 4 percentage points (13%) more likely to enroll in college than their peers in the same school who are not assigned a black teacher. We document similar patterns using quasi-experimental methods and statewide administrative data from North Carolina. To examine possible mechanisms, we provide a theoretical model that formalizes the notion of “role model effects” as distinct from teacher effectiveness. We envision role model effects as information provision: ...