Calling their bluff: expressed and revealed preferences of top college graduates entering teaching in Argentina

Available from: 
October 2013
Paper author(s): 
Mariana Alfonso (Inter-American Development Bank)
Alejandro Ganimian (Harvard University)
Ana Santiago (Inter-American Development Bank)
Topic: 
Education - Health
Year: 
2013


Many school systems are now seeking to attract top college graduates into teaching, but we know little about what dissuades this target group from entering the profession. We randomly assigned applicants to an alternative pathway into teaching in Argentina either to a survey about their motivations for applying to the program or to a survey that revealed information about their pay or working conditions if they were admitted. We find that applicants who were offered and/or received information about pay or working conditions were much more likely to report that they intended to drop out of the selection process of the program, but were no more likely to actually drop out. This can be explained by temporary salience eects of the informational prompts. Applicants with higher undergraduate GPAs and/or scores in the selection process, however, are both more likely to report that they will drop out and to actually do so.

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Research section: 
Lacea 2013 annual meeting
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