Does Public School Competition Affect Teacher Quality?

Eric A. Hanushek and Steven G. Rivkin

in The Economics of School Choice

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780226355337
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226355344 | DOI:
Does Public School Competition Affect Teacher Quality?

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This chapter examines how public schools respond to competition from other schools, and how competition affects teaching quality, using data from the public school system in Texas. It evaluates the hypothesis that school choice will force schools to employ teachers of a more consistent, high quality. The analysis indicates that competition raises teacher quality and improves the overall quality of education, and that school choice is more meaningful for metropolitan students than for rural students.

Keywords: public schools; competition; Texas; school choice; teaching quality; quality of education; metropolitan students

Chapter.  10002 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economics

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