Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy

No 2014:13: The determinants of teacher mobility in Sweden

Krzysztof Karbownik ()
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Krzysztof Karbownik: Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University, Postal: 2040 Sheridan Road, 60208, Evanston, Illinois, USA

Abstract: This paper examines the determinants of teacher turnover using matched employee-employer panel data from Swedish lower and upper secondary schools in a market-oriented institutional environment with a growing private sector and individually negotiated wages. I find statistically significant and robust negative correlations between mobility and monetary compensations. Unlike previous research, I do not find robust evidence that the share of minorities correlates positively with turnover. The positive association exists; however, in the case of private and upper secondary institutions. Finally, private institutions experience higher turnover.

Keywords: Teacher turnover; non-pecuniary factors; pecuniary factors

JEL-codes: I21; J44

29 pages, June 6, 2014

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