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IZA Journal of Labor and Development

, 1:3

First Online: 29 November 2012Received: 22 May 2012Accepted: 10 September 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.

JEL codesI25, J41, J45

KeywordsDiscrete choice experiment Teacher recruitment Job preferences Hiring quotas Skills India Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-2193-9020-1-3 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Author: Sonja Fagernäs - Panu Pelkonen


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