Career paths and quit decisions: Evidence from teaching

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Conventional models predict that workers consider employment opportunities and monetary rewards expected over their lifetimes when making current period decisions such as whether to quit a job. This article tests the hypothesis that later career opportunities affect quit decisions by examining the relationship between teaching and school administration. Evidence on the extent to which administrative positions are available to teachers, and the salary premia associated with them, is presented. Discrete time logit-hazard models of teacher quits, estimated using data from New York State, provide some support for the hypothesis, though the magnitudes of the estimated effects are small.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-339
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Labor Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial relations
  • Economics and Econometrics


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