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Income inequality of Swiss primary school teachers in the late 19th century


Floris, Joël; Woitek, Ulrich; Wüthrich, Gabriela (2013). Income inequality of Swiss primary school teachers in the late 19th century. Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte, 54(1):57-74.

Abstract

We examine the distribution of income across Swiss primary school teachers at the end of the 19th century. To assess the income differences we use a detailed data set on income of 14000 Swiss primary school teachers in 1881 and 1894/95. In addition, we have annually aggregated test scores from pedagogical examinations at recruitment, to test for the impact of inequality on conscripts’ performance. Our results show that between-group inequality amounts to about 30 per cent of total income inequality, and that teachers’ income inequality does not play a role in explaining differences in the performance of conscripts in the pedagogical examinations.

Abstract

We examine the distribution of income across Swiss primary school teachers at the end of the 19th century. To assess the income differences we use a detailed data set on income of 14000 Swiss primary school teachers in 1881 and 1894/95. In addition, we have annually aggregated test scores from pedagogical examinations at recruitment, to test for the impact of inequality on conscripts’ performance. Our results show that between-group inequality amounts to about 30 per cent of total income inequality, and that teachers’ income inequality does not play a role in explaining differences in the performance of conscripts in the pedagogical examinations.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:June 2013
Deposited On:21 Jun 2013 13:09
Last Modified:21 Nov 2017 16:44
Publisher:Akademie Verlag
ISSN:0075-2800
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1524/jbwg.2013.0004
Related URLs:http://opac.nebis.ch/F/?local_base=NEBIS&CON_LNG=GER&func=find-b&find_code=SYS&request=001408818

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