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The Effect of School Construction on Test Scores, School Enrollment, and Home Prices

  • Neilson, Christopher

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    (Yale University)

  • Zimmerman, Seth D.

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    (Princeton University)

This paper provides new evidence on the effect of school construction projects on home prices, academic achievement, and public school enrollment. Taking advantage of the staggered implementation of a comprehensive school construction project in a poor urban district, we find that, by six years after building occupancy, $10,000 of per-student investment in school construction raised reading scores for elementary and middle school students by 0.027 standard deviations. For a student receiving the average treatment intensity this corresponds to a 0.21 standard deviation increase. School construction also raised home prices and public school enrollment in zoned neighborhoods.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6106.

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Length: 47 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2011
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Public Economics, 2014, 120 , 18-31
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6106
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  1. Patrick Bayer & Fernando Ferreira & Robert McMillan, 2007. "A Unified Framework for Measuring Preferences for Schools and Neighborhoods," NBER Working Papers 13236, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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