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Preferences and skills of Indian public sector teachers

Sonja Fagernäs1 and Panu Pelkonen12*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Economics, School of Business, Management and Economics, University of Sussex, Jubilee Building, Brighton, BN1 9SL, UK

2 CEE, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom

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IZA Journal of Labor & Development 2012, 1:3  doi:10.1186/2193-9020-1-3

Published: 29 November 2012


With a sample of 700 future public sector primary teachers in India, a Discrete Choice Experiment is used to measure job preferences, particularly regarding location. General skills are also tested. Urban origin teachers and women are more averse to remote locations than rural origin teachers and men respectively. Women would require a 26–73 percent increase in salary for moving to a remote location. The results suggest that existing caste and gender quotas can be detrimental for hiring skilled teachers willing to work in remote locations. The most preferred location is home, which supports decentralised hiring, although this could compromise skills.

I25, J41, J45

Discrete choice experiment; Teacher recruitment; Job preferences; Hiring quotas; Skills; India