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The impact of recessions on teacher labour markets

Asma Benhenda ()
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Asma Benhenda: UCL Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities, University College London

No 4, CEPEO Briefing Note Series from Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities, UCL Institute of Education

Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered an unprecedented shock to the UK and global economy. Teaching is often perceived as "recession-proof" by the general public. To what extent does existing economic evidence back this intuition? How do economic recessions impact teacher labour markets? This briefing note summarises the empirical evidence on the impact of recessions on teacher labour markets, through their effects on 1/ teacher labour supply (number and quality of applicants to teaching positions) and 2/ teacher labour demand (teacher job openings). While recessions can positively impact teacher labour supply by making the teaching profession more attractive, it can also negatively impact demand through austerity measures and cuts in teacher job openings and wages.

Keywords: Teachers; Recessions; Labour Markets; Teacher Labour Market. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I28 J23 J24 J45 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 3 pages
Date: 2020-05, Revised 2020-05
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