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Teacher turnover: effects, mechanisms and organisational responses

Gibbons, Stephen, Scrutinio, Vincenzo and Telhaj, Shqiponja (2021) Teacher turnover: effects, mechanisms and organisational responses. Labour Economics, 73. ISSN 0927-5371

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.labeco.2021.102079


This paper contributes to the understanding of the causal relationship between teacher turnover and student performance. We extend this research by examining the mechanisms through which turnover affects student learning, and by providing evidence on how schools respond to mitigate the disruptive effects of turnover. Using administrative data covering all state-school, age-16 students and their teachers in England, we find that a higher teacher entry rate has a small but significant negative effect on students’ final qualifications from compulsory-age schooling. This is the first study to document that the lack of school-specific human capital in incoming teachers is the main mechanism through which turnover disrupts student performance. We also find evidence that schools mitigate the effects of turnover by assigning new teachers away from high-risk student grades.

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Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: Geography & Environment
School of Public Policy
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Spatial Economics Research Centre
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2021 10:21
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2022 15:36

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