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The Effects of School Construction on Student and District Outcomes: Evidence from a State-Funded Program in Ohio

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  • Felipe M. Goncalves

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I study an ongoing state-subsidized program of rebuilding and renovating Ohio's K-12 public schools and investigate the effect of improved facility quality on student and school district outcomes. The completion of a project increases public school enrollment and district property values. Test scores do not measurably improve upon completion and suffer significant reductions during construction. The implied willingness to pay for a project is lower than total costs but greater than the cost borne by district residents. While the program led to a narrowing in expenditures across district wealth, I find little evidence that it reduced disparities in student outcomes.

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  • Felipe M. Goncalves, 2015. "The Effects of School Construction on Student and District Outcomes: Evidence from a State-Funded Program in Ohio," Working Papers 593, Princeton University, Department of Economics, Industrial Relations Section..
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    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • L74 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Primary Products and Construction - - - Construction

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