Teacher career opportunities and school quality

Författare: Erik Grönqvist, Och Lena Hensvik, Och Anna Thoresson, Och

Publicerad i: Labour Economics (August 2022) Volume 77 , 101997

Sammanfattning av Working paper 2020:2

We study the effects of introducing a performance-based promotion program for teachers in Sweden. The program intended to make the teaching profession more attractive by raising wages for skilled teachers and taking advantage of teachers' professional competence. Our results show that: (i) high-wage, high-ability teachers are more likely to be promoted; (ii) the stipulated wage increase has full pass-through onto wages for promoted teachers; (iii) schools with promotions have lower teacher separations and an improved pool of teachers; (iv) the promotion program improved student performance. These results suggest that performance-based promotions could be an important tool for raising school quality.