Theories of Teacher Mobility.
A review of significant developments in the labor mobility literature, with application to the large and rather special labor market for elementary and secondary teachers. To explain the mobility of teachers among schools, among school districts, and between the school sector and other sectors of the economy, a framework is constructed based on the work of economists on human capital, internal labor markets, and Markov models. The intention is to show how the tools these economists have developed provide a theoretical structure that is sufficiently general and comprehensive that researchers can draw upon relevant portions of it in conducting empirical studies of labor markets for teachers, as well as other markets possessing similar institutional structures. 27 pp.