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An Empirical Framework for Large-Scale Policy Analysis, with an Application to School Finance Reform in Michigan

  • Maria Marta Ferreyra

    (Carnegie Mellon University)

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    In this paper I develop an empirical framework for the analysis of large-scale policies, and apply it to study the effects of Michigan’s 1994 school finance reform on the Detroit metropolitan area. The framework includes estimating a general equilibrium model of multiple jurisdictions with data before the reform, predicting the post-reform equilibrium, and comparing this prediction with post-reform data to validate the model. According to my analysis, the Michigan reform had little impact on household demographics or school quality in Detroit. The alternative school funding policies analyzed here do not seem to affect school quality much either.

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    Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2008 Meeting Papers with number 609.

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    Date of creation: 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:red:sed008:609
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    1. Jeremy Lise & Shannon Seitz & Jeffrey Smith, 2003. "Equilibrium Policy Experiments and the Evaluation of Social Programs," University of Western Ontario, CIBC Centre for Human Capital and Productivity Working Papers 20032, University of Western Ontario, CIBC Centre for Human Capital and Productivity.
    2. Aaronson, Daniel, 1999. "The Effect of School Finance Reform on Population Heterogeneity," National Tax Journal, National Tax Association, vol. 52(n. 1), pages 5-29, March.
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    4. Joydeep Roy, 2004. "Effect of a School Finance Reform on Housing Stock and Residential Segregation: Evidence from Proposal A in Michigan," Public Economics 0412004, EconWPA.
    5. Papke, Leslie E., 2005. "The effects of spending on test pass rates: evidence from Michigan," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 89(5-6), pages 821-839, June.
    6. Joydeep Roy, 2004. "Impact of School Finance Reform on Resource Equalization and Academic Performance: Evidence from Michigan," Econometric Society 2004 North American Summer Meetings 425, Econometric Society.
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