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Measuring Quality for Use in Incentive Schemes: The Case of “Shrinkage” Estimators

Nirav Mehta

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Abstract: Researchers commonly “shrink” raw quality measures based on statistical criteria. This paper studies when and how this transformation’s statistical properties would confer economic benefits to a utility-maximizing decisionmaker across common asymmetric information environments. I develop the results for an application measuring teacher quality. The presence of a systematic relationship between teacher quality and class size could cause the data transformation to do either worse or better than the untransformed data. I use data from Los Angeles to confirm the presence of such a relationship and show that the simpler raw measure would outperform the one most commonly used in teacher incentive schemes.

Keywords: empirical contracts; teacher incentive schemes; teacher quality; economics of education (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J01 I21 I28 D81 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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Journal Article: Measuring quality for use in incentive schemes: The case of “shrinkage” estimators (2019) Downloads
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