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Title: Promotion Incentives in the Public Sector: Evidence from Chinese Schools

Author(s): Naureen Karachiwalla and Albert Park

Publication Date: December 2016

Keyword(s): China, incentives, promotions and teachers

Programme Area(s): Development Economics and Labour Economics

Abstract: We provide evidence that promotion incentives influence the effort of public employees by studying China's system of promotions for teachers. Predictions from a tournament model of promotion are tested using retrospective panel data on primary and middle school teachers. Consistent with theory, promotions are associated with wage increases, higher wage increases are associated with better performance, and teachers increase effort in years leading up to promotion eligibility but reduce effort if they are repeatedly passed over for promotion. Evaluation scores are positively associated with teacher time use and with student test scores, diminishing concerns that evaluations are manipulated.

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Karachiwalla, N and Park, A. 2016. 'Promotion Incentives in the Public Sector: Evidence from Chinese Schools'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.