Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Smart Teachers, Smart Students

We are pleased to invite you to attend a research seminar entitled "Smart Teachers, Smart Students: Teacher Skills and Student Performance across Developed Countries" to be given by Dr. Marc Piopiunik from CESifo Group Munich, Germany.

The seminar will take place at CERGE-EI, Politickych veznu 7, Praha 1, in room # 6 (2nd floor), on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. and will be chaired by Patrick Gaule. 

The paper (joint work with Eric. A. Hanushek and Simon Wiederhold) is available here. Check Abstract below:


Student performance differs greatly across countries, but little is known about the role of teacher quality in explaining these differences. New international data from the PIAAC survey of adult skills allow quantifying country-specific teacher skills in numeracy and literacy for the first time. Our main identification strategy exploits exogenous variation in teacher skills attributable to international differences in relative wages of non-teacher public-sector employees. Using student-level performance data, we find that teacher skills are an important determinant of international differences in student performance. Results are supported by fixed-effects estimations that exploit within-country between-subject variation in teacher skills. (Whole paper PDF on-line)  

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