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Do Male Workers Prefer Male Leaders? An Analysis of Principals' Effects on Teacher Retention

Aliza N. Husain, David A. Matsa and Amalia Miller ()

No 25263, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: Using a 40-year panel of all public school teachers and principals in New York State, we explore how female principals affect rates of teacher turnover—an important determinant of school quality. We find that male teachers are about 12% more likely to leave their schools when they work under female principals than under male principals. In contrast, we find no such effects for female teachers. Furthermore, when male teachers request transfers, they are more likely to be to schools with male principals. These results suggest that opposition from male subordinates could inhibit female progress in leadership.

JEL-codes: J16 J45 J71 K31 M51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018-11
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