Africa's Skill Tragedy: Does Teachers' Lack of Knowledge Lead to Low Student Performance?

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Abstract

We study the importance of teacher subject knowledge for student performance in Sub-Saharan Africa using unique international assessment data for sixth-grade students and their teachers. To circumvent bias due to unobserved student heterogeneity, we exploit variation within students across math and reading. Teacher subject knowledge has a modest impact on student performance. Exploiting vast cross-country differences in economic development, we find that teacher knowledge is effective only in more developed African countries. Results are robust to adding teacher fixed effects and accounting for potential sorting based on subject-specific factors.

Detaljer

Författare
Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • CESifo Munich
  • Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
Forskningsområden

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Nationalekonomi
Originalspråkengelska
Sidor (från-till)553-578
Antal sidor26
TidskriftJournal of Human Resources
Volym53
Utgivningsnummer3
StatusPublished - 2018 jun 1
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördJa