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Title: Job Characteristics and Labor Turnover: Assessing the Role of Preferences and Opportunities in Teacher Mobility

Author(s): Stéphane Bonhomme, Grégory Jolivet and Edwin Leuven

Publication Date: February 2012

Keyword(s): compensating differentials, labour turnover, sample selection and teaching labour markets

Programme Area(s): Labour Economics

Abstract: Abstract Job characteristics can affect worker turnover through their effect on utility and through their effect on outside job opportunities. We separately identify and estimate the roles of these two channels. Our method exploits information on job changes and relies on an augmented sample selection correction. Taking our approach to an exhaustive register of Dutch primary school teachers, and using arguably plausible exclusion restrictions, we show a detailed picture of preferences for school characteristics. We also study how preference estimates may be biased when ignoring information on job opportunities and discuss the implications for the analysis of teacher turnover.

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Bonhomme, S, Jolivet, G and Leuven, E. 2012. 'Job Characteristics and Labor Turnover: Assessing the Role of Preferences and Opportunities in Teacher Mobility'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research. https://cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=8841