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The Value of Smarter Teachers: International Evidence on Teacher Cognitive Skills and Student Performance

Eric A. Hanushek (Website), Marc Piopiunik (Website), Simon Wiederhold (Website)

CESifo Working Paper No. 5120 (December 2014)

Primary CESifo Category: [5] Economics of Education

Abstract:
International differences in teacher quality are commonly hypothesized to be a key determinant of the large international student performance gaps, but lack of consistent quality measures has precluded testing this. Using unique assessment data, we construct country-level measures of teacher cognitive skills. We find substantial differences in teacher cognitive skills across countries, and these are strongly related to student performance. Results are supported by fixed-effects estimation exploiting within-country between-subject variation in teacher skills. Observed country variations in teacher cognitive skills are significantly related to differences in women’s access to high-skilled occupations outside teaching and to salary premiums for teachers.


Schlagwörter: teacher cognitive skills, student performance, international comparison, PIAAC, PISA

JEL Klassifikation:
[H400] Publicly Provided Goods: General
[H520] National Government Expenditures and Education
[I200] Education and Research Institutions: General

Zusätzliche CESifo Kategorie:
[1] Public Finance

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