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Wage elasticity of the teacher supply in Switzerland

Stefan Wolter and Stefan Denzler

Brussels Economic Review, 2004, vol. 47, issue 3-4, 387-408

Abstract: In order to learn more about the teacher supply in Switzerland, this paper analyses eleven surveys of graduates of all Swiss universities for the period of 1981-2001. We estimate wages for teachers and non-teachers with the help of selection models. The predicted individual wage differentials between teaching and all other jobs indicate a positive self-selection of teachers into teaching. Furthermore the reaction of teachers supply on the wage differential shows a wage elasticity of 0.41. As in other studies, the wage differential is counter cyclical, due to the static wage setting of the public. As a consequence, the public sector itself is creating at least a part of the cyclical pattern of teacher shortages and oversupplies.

Keywords: wage elasticity; labour supply; teachers; university graduates, Switzerland. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 J45 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2004
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