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The Long-Run Impacts of Same-Race Teachers

We examine the long-run impacts of having a same-race teacher. First, we leverage data from the Tennessee STAR class-size experiment to show that black students randomly assigned to a black teacher in grades K-3 are 5 percentage points (7%) more likely to graduate from high school and 4 percentage points (13%) more likely to enroll in college than their same-school, same-race peers not assigned to a black teacher. Second, we replicate these results in North Carolina using quasi-experimental methods. Finally, we formally define "role model effects" as information provision, which facilitates an exploration of possible mechanisms that drive these results.

Teacher Effects, Racial Mismatch, Teacher Diversity, Educational Attainment
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Gershenson, Seth, Cassandra M. D. Hart, Joshua Hyman, Constance Lindsay, and Nicholas W. Papageorge. (). The Long-Run Impacts of Same-Race Teachers. (EdWorkingPaper: 19-43). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University:

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