Theory and evidence on teacher policies in developed and developing countries

Auteur(s) : Vegas, Emiliana; Ganimian, Alejandro

Organisation(s): Inter-American Development Bank

Date: 2013

Pages: 76 p.

Serie: IDB working paper series

Series Volume: 438


The past decade has seen the emergence of numerous rigorous impact evaluations of teacher policies. This paper reviews the economic theory and empirical evidence on eight teacher policy goals: (1) setting clear expectations for teachers; (2) attracting the best into teaching; (3) preparing teachers with useful training and experience; (4) matching teachers’ skills with students’ needs; (5) leading teachers with strong principals; (6) monitoring teaching and learning; (7) supporting teachers to improve instruction; and (8) motivating teachers to perform. The paper also discusses key concepts and methods in econometrics to understand existing studies and offers some directions for future research.

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