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The Economics of Teaching in India Versus Teaching Aboard: Teacher Salary Differentials Using Purchasing Power Parity (PPP)

  • Gavin George
  • Bruce RhodesEmail author
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Abstract

This study investigates the salary structure of teachers in India, compared to equivalent salary structures in four prominent migrating countries. Our study makes comparisons using a purchasing power parity (PPP) index and allows the identification of real differences in salaries for our selected countries (India, USA, UK, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates) for selected teaching categories. Results reveal that the incentive for teachers working in India to ply their trade abroad remains strong regardless of career experience. This potentially threatens India’s ability to retain teachers, thereby compromising the ability to meet ambitious education targets.

Keywords

Labour migration India Purchasing power parity Teacher salaries Salary wage differentials 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Health Economics and HIV and AIDS Research Division (HEARD)University of KwaZulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa
  2. 2.School of Accounting, Economics and FinanceUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa

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