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Whether to hire local contract teachers? trade-off between skills and preferences in India

Fagernäs, Sonja and Pelkonen, Panu (2011) Whether to hire local contract teachers? trade-off between skills and preferences in India. SERC Discussion Paper (SERCDP0083). The London School of Economics and Political Science ,SERC Discussion Paper, London, UK.

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Abstract

Whether to hire teachers locally on a contract basis, or via competitive examinations as government officials, is a major policy question in developing countries. We use a Discrete Choice Experiment to assess the job preferences of 700 future elementary school teachers in the state of Uttarakhand in India. The students have been selected using either competitive examination or from a pool of locally hired contract teachers. Skills in English, Arithmetic and Vocabulary are also tested. We find a trade-off between skills and preferences, as students hired using competitive examination have higher skills, but prefer posts in less remote regions.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://rlab.lse.ac.uk/_new/publications/abstract.a...
Additional Information: © 2011 The Authors
Divisions: Spatial Economics Research Centre
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Sets: Research centres and groups > Spatial Economics Research Centre
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2014 11:02
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2019 23:23
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG), Welsh Government
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/59242

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