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Workplace Support and Diversity in the Market for Public School Teachers

Steven Bednar and Dora Gicheva

No 16-5, UNCG Economics Working Papers from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics

Abstract: Mentoring, and to a greater extent support from high-level administrators, has been shown to decrease worker turnover in general, but little is known about its differential impact on minority workers. Utilizing four waves of the Schools and Staffing Survey, we uncover a novel pattern of the effect of workplace support on turnover in the market for public school teachers. Support is most strongly associated with retention for minority teachers working in schools where minorities are under-represented. This effect is pronounced for teachers new to the profession and those in rural areas. This indicates that workplace support is essential in maintaining or growing minority representation in relatively less-diverse organizations.

Keywords: teacher; turnover; workplace support; workplace diversity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 J45 J62 M54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 32 pages
Date: 2016-11-29
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