The disconnect between economic growth and teachers’ wages

By | Published June 19, 2014 by The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

A number of recent articles on the BC teachers’ strike have suggested that teachers could get the wage increases they want to see, as well as the needed investments in reducing class size and improving class composition, if only they supported resource development.

Jordan Bateman of the BC Taxpayers Federation summed up the line of argument (and took a jab at teachers’ math skills) in his recent blog post title “Simple math for teachers: economic growth = higher wages”.

The theory is indeed very simple: resource development would lead to economic growth and economic growth would lead to higher wages for everyone, including teachers.

But does it actually work in practice?

Let’s take a look at what has happened to economic growth and teachers wages post-recession.

Read more:http://www.policynote.ca/the-disconnect-between-economic-growth-and-teachers-wages/

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