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Studies from St. Michael's College Reveal New Findings on Education Finance and Policy (When Unified Teacher Pay Scales Meet Differential Alternative...

August 20, 2014



Studies from St. Michael's College Reveal New Findings on Education Finance and Policy (When Unified Teacher Pay Scales Meet Differential Alternative Returns)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Education Letter -- Research findings on Education Finance and Policy are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting from Colchester, Vermont, by VerticalNews editors, the research stated, "This paper quantifies the extent to which unified teacher pay scales and differential alternatives produce opportunity costs that are asymmetric in math and verbal skills. Data from the Baccalaureate and Beyond 1997 and 2003 follow-ups are used to estimate a fully parametric, selection-corrected wage equation for nonteachers, which is then used to predict the wages that teachers would have received in a nonteaching career."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from St. Michael's College, "The difference between actual teacher salaries and this prediction can be considered the opportunity cost of teaching. Moving up one standard deviation in math SAT score increases the opportunity cost of teaching by $1,500 to $2,000 four years after college, rising to $3,000 to $3,800 ten years after college. Moving up one standard deviation in verbal SAT score increases the opportunity cost by $300 four years after college, and by $1,300 ten years after college."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The teacher salary gap is also decomposed into policy versus teacher-characteristic components."

For more information on this research see: When Unified Teacher Pay Scales Meet Differential Alternative Returns. Education Finance and Policy, 2014;9(3):304-333. Education Finance and Policy can be contacted at: Mit Press, 55 Hayward Street, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA.

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting P. Walsh, St Michaels College, Dept. of Econ, Colchester, VT 05439, United States.

Keywords for this news article include: Vermont, Colchester, SAT Scores, United States, North and Central America, Education Finance and Policy

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