Sonja Fagernäs, Sussex University: Teachers, Electoral Cycles and Learning in India

ESOP seminar. Sonja Fagernäs is Lecturer in Economics at Sussex University. She will present a paper entitled "Teachers, Electoral Cycles and Learning in India", written jointly with Panu Pelkonen.

Sonja Fagernäs. Photo: Sussex University.


Teachers are central for learning, but their hiring and management can be influenced by political factors, especially when they are civil servants. Using an exceptionally large, administrative school-level panel data set for India, we find significant increases in teacher transfers and moderate increases in hiring after state elections. Pupils' test scores are up to 0.15 standard deviations lower in the post-election phase. The identification relies on the staggered and predetermined timing of elections across states. We conduct a range of estimations to rule out alternative explanations, and conclude that the reorganization of teachers is likely to disrupt learning.

Host: Jo Thori Lind

Published Aug. 26, 2016 10:00 AM - Last modified Sep. 18, 2020 3:46 PM