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Do Public Schools Hire the Best Applicants?

Dale Ballou
The Quarterly Journal of Economics
Vol. 111, No. 1 (Feb., 1996), pp. 97-133
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2946659
Page Count: 37
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Do Public Schools Hire the Best Applicants?
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Abstract

Despite a surplus of candidates for most teaching jobs, a strong academic record does little for an applicant's job prospects. This does not appear to result from lukewarm interest on the part of such applicants or choosiness about the positions they accept. Administrators' lack of interest in these candidates may reflect the weakness of competitive pressures in public education. Policies intended to improve teacher quality need to consider incentives on both the demand and supply sides of the market.

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