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Local School Finance and Productive Efficiency: Evidence from Ohio

  • Joshua Hall


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    This paper examines the relationship between local financing of education and school district efficiency. In a system of local school finance, the capitalization of school quality in housing prices provides homeowners with verifiable information regarding the impact of school officials’ actions and strong incentives to act upon that information. I find evidence that school districts with a higher percentage of revenues from local sources perform better on state math tests. In addition, the amount of residential property within a school district is positively related to math test passage rates. Copyright International Atlantic Economic Society 2007

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    Article provided by International Atlantic Economic Society in its journal Atlantic Economic Journal.

    Volume (Year): 35 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 289-301

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:atlecj:v:35:y:2007:i:3:p:289-301
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