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Marc Piopiunik (CESifo): “Weak Markets, Strong Teachers: Recession at Career Start and Teacher Effectiveness”

The next meeting of BeNA in Summer Semester 2016 is taking place on Wednesday, July 20th, 6.15-7.45 pm at DIW Berlin, Schmoller Room.

We are glad to welcome Marc Piopiunik (CESifo) who will present his paper “Weak Markets, Strong Teachers: Recession at Career Start and Teacher Effectiveness” (joint with Markus Nagler and Martin R. West). Please see the abstract below. After the meeting we are all going out for a dinner. Everyone is welcome to join.

We would also like to encourage you to talk with Marc about your research. In order to set up an appointment, please pick a time slot via Doodle. The office hour will take place at DIW Berlin, Room 2.2.20a. For further information, please contact Jan Marcus (jmarcus@diw.de).

For all upcoming talks in the summer term have a look at the semester program.

Abstract “Weak Markets, Strong Teachers: Recession at Career Start and Teacher Effectiveness”

How do alternative job opportunities affect teacher quality? We provide causal evidence on this question by exploiting business cycle conditions at career start as a source of exogenous variation in the outside options of potential teachers. Unlike prior research, we directly assess teacher quality with value-added measures of impacts on student test scores, using administrative data on 33,000 teachers in Florida public schools. Consistent with a Roy model of occupational choice, teachers entering the profession during recessions are significantly more effective in raising student test scores. Results are supported by placebo tests and not driven by differential attrition.