IRLE Spring Seminar: Absence, Substitutability, and Productivity: Evidence From Teachers

Seminar | April 19 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director's Room

 Asma Benhenda, PhD Student and IRLE Visiting Scholar, Paris School of Economics

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

It’s not unusual for employees to miss work from time to time. But little is known about how worker absences affect productivity, or how well employers cope with them. In schools, disruption can be especially harmful. Asma will present research that, using administrative data on French teachers and substitute teachers, analyzes the effect of teacher absences on the productivity of classrooms and the quality of instruction. Her results suggest that temporary teachers come with a severe reduction in quality. And, since contract teachers are more common in disadvantaged schools, this could be a source of inequality among students.

 Faculty, General Public, Students - Graduate

 All Audiences

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 A light lunch will be provided.