Rent-Seeking through Collective Bargaining: Implications for School District Management and Performance

Dr. Stéphane Lavertu, John Glenn College of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University
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Add to Calendar 2020-02-21 12:30:00 2020-02-21 13:30:00 Rent-Seeking through Collective Bargaining: Implications for School District Management and Performance This study takes advantage of close tax elections and the timing of teacher collective-bargaining negotiations to estimate the impact of such agreements on Ohio school districts' revenue allocations and academic outcomes. Districts that passed a tax before negotiations took place increased teacher salaries and benefits but experienced no student achievement gains. Collective bargaining instead led to unsustainable budgets that required districts to spend reserves and levy additional taxes. Districts that allocated new tax revenue before negotiations, however, spent their funds on support services and new teachers and realized significant student achievement gains. Overall, the results suggest that collective bargaining had a negative impact on district finances and student learning. Stéphane Lavertu is an associate professor in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University. His interdisciplinary research examines the political economy of public organizations—particularly school districts. He and his collaborators launched the Education Governance and Accountability Project to examine how political actors and institutions affect the administration and performance of public schools. He regularly publishes in public administration, public policy, political science, and economics journals and teaches courses on public affairs, education policy, and research design in the Glenn College’s graduate and undergraduate degree programs.   S110 Memorial Union Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs truman@missouri.edu America/Chicago public

This study takes advantage of close tax elections and the timing of teacher collective-bargaining negotiations to estimate the impact of such agreements on Ohio school districts' revenue allocations and academic outcomes. Districts that passed a tax before negotiations took place increased teacher salaries and benefits but experienced no student achievement gains. Collective bargaining instead led to unsustainable budgets that required districts to spend reserves and levy additional taxes. Districts that allocated new tax revenue before negotiations, however, spent their funds on support services and new teachers and realized significant student achievement gains. Overall, the results suggest that collective bargaining had a negative impact on district finances and student learning.

Stéphane Lavertu is an associate professor in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University. His interdisciplinary research examines the political economy of public organizations—particularly school districts. He and his collaborators launched the Education Governance and Accountability Project to examine how political actors and institutions affect the administration and performance of public schools. He regularly publishes in public administration, public policy, political science, and economics journals and teaches courses on public affairs, education policy, and research design in the Glenn College’s graduate and undergraduate degree programs.

 

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