COMPETITION AND TEACHER PAY Academic Article uri icon


  • Competition-based school reform could have a significant impact on teacher earnings. If school districts behave as typical oligopsonists, then increased competition could lead to higher salaries. However, if teachers receive a share of the economic rents generated by the monopoly power of school districts, then increased competition could lower teacher salaries. This study uses panel data from 670 Texas school districts and more than 335,000 teachers to examine the relationship between school competition and teacher pay. The analysis suggests that an increase in competition results in higher wages for most teachers but lower wages for teachers in relatively concentrated markets. (JEL I2, J3). 2008 Western Economic Association International.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Taylor, L. L.

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Taylor, Lori L

publication date

  • July 2010