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Document Number: 9194

New Evidence on Teacher Labor Supply - To isolate the importance of teacher labor supply, the authors attended three large teacher job fairs in Chicago during the summer of 2006 and collected detailed information on the specific schools at which teachers interviewed. They document a substantial variation in the number of applicants per school. They show that the demographic characteristics of schools strongly predict the number of applicants to the school in the expected direction. Interestingly, the geographic location of the school is an extremely strong predictor of applications, even after controlling for a host of observable school and neighborhood characteristics. (National Bureau of Economic Research, February 2011)...


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