Women, the Labor Market, and the Declining Relative Quality of Teachers
Sean P. Corcoran, William N. Evans and Robert M. Schwab ,
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Journal of Policy Analysis and Management

School officials and policymakers have grown increasingly concerned about their ability to attract and retain talented teachers. A number of authors have shown that in recent years the brightest students—at least those with the highest verbal and math scores on standardized tests—are less likely to enter teaching. In addition, it is frequently claimed that the ability of schools to attract these top students has been steadily declining for years. There is, however, surprisingly little evidence measuring the extent to which this popular proposition is true.

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