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Disparate Teacher Effects, Comparative Advantage, and Match Quality

Does student-teacher match quality exist? Prior work has documented large disparities in teachers' impacts across student types but has not distinguished between sorting and causal effects as the drivers of these disparities. I propose a disparate value-added model and derive a novel measure of teacher quality---revealed comparative advantage---that captures the degree to which teachers affect student outcome gaps. Quasi-experimental changes in teaching staff show that the comparative advantage measure accurately predicts teachers’ disparate impacts: a teacher with a 1 standard deviation in revealed comparative advantage for black students increases black students' test scores by 1 standard deviation and has no effect on non-black students' test scores. Teacher removal and teacher-to-classroom re-allocation simulations show substantial efficiency and equity gains of considering teachers’ comparative advantage.

teacher quality, value-added, comparative advantage, match quality, achievement gaps
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Delgado, William. (). Disparate Teacher Effects, Comparative Advantage, and Match Quality. (EdWorkingPaper: 23-848). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University:

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