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Private Demands for Public Capital: Evidence from School Bond Referenda

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  • Ed Balsdon

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    (Department of Economics, San Diego State University)

  • Eric Brunner

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    (Department of Economics, San Diego State University)

  • Kim Rueben

    (Public Policy Institute of California)

Abstract

This paper develops a framework for estimating demand for school infrastructure investment that is financed through local bond referenda. Our framework takes explicit account of the irregular and discrete nature of local capital investment and the objective functions of local school boards. Our empirical model consists of a three-equation system composed of a proposed spending equation, a vote equation, and a selection equation. Estimated income and price elasticities of demand for school infrastructure are similar to those found in studies of current school spending. We also find that school boards act like risk-averse, budget-maximizing agenda-setters.

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Paper provided by San Diego State University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0009.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2003
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Handle: RePEc:sds:wpaper:0009

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Keywords: School Infrastructure Investment; Agenda Setting;

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  1. Ed Balsdon, 2007. "Property Value Capitalization And Municipal Open Space Referenda," Working Papers 0019, San Diego State University, Department of Economics.
  2. Eric J. Brunner & Stephen L. Ross, 2007. "How Decisive Is the Decisive Voter?," Working papers 2007-28, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics, revised Aug 2008.
  3. Stephanie Riegg Cellini & Fernando Ferreira & Jesse Rothstein, 2008. "The Value of School Facilities: Evidence from a Dynamic Regression Discontinuity Design," Working Papers 1101, Princeton University, Department of Economics, Center for Economic Policy Studies..
  4. Joshua Hall, 2006. "Fiscal competition and tax instrument choice: the role of income inequality," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 8(12), pages 1-8.
  5. Eric J. Brunner & Stephen L. Ross, 2009. "Is the Median Voter Decisive? Evidence of 'Ends Against the Middle' From Referenda Voting Patterns," Working papers 2009-02, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics, revised May 2010.
  6. Wang, Wen & Duncombe, William D. & Yinger, John M., 2011. "School District Responses To Matching Aid Programs For Capital Facilities: A Case Study Of New York’S Building Aid Program," National Tax Journal, National Tax Association, vol. 64(3), pages 759-94, September.
  7. Stephen Coate, 2013. "Evaluating Durable Public Good Provision using Housing Prices," NBER Working Papers 18767, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  8. repec:ebl:ecbull:v:8:y:2006:i:12:p:1-8 is not listed on IDEAS
  9. Brunner, Eric J. & Ross, Stephen L., 2010. "Is the median voter decisive? Evidence from referenda voting patterns," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 94(11-12), pages 898-910, December.

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