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Unawareness and selective disclosure: The effect of school quality information on property prices

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  • Haisken-DeNew, John
  • Hasan, Syed
  • Jha, Nikhil
  • Sinning, Mathias

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The Australian Government launched the My School website in 2010 to provide standardised information about the quality of schools to the Australian public. This paper combines data from this website with home sales data for the state of Victoria to estimate the effect of the publication of school quality information on property prices. We use a difference-in-difference approach to estimate the causal effect of the release of information about high-quality and low-quality schools relative to mediumquality schools in the neighborhood and find that the release of information about high-quality schools increases property prices by 3.6 percent, whereas the release of information about low-quality schools has no significant effect. The findings indicate that many buyers are unaware of the relevance of school quality information and that real estate agents pursue a strategy of disclosing information about high-quality schools to increase the sales price. Results from a survey of Victorian real estate agents provide evidence in favor of this strategy.

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  • Haisken-DeNew, John & Hasan, Syed & Jha, Nikhil & Sinning, Mathias, 2017. "Unawareness and selective disclosure: The effect of school quality information on property prices," Ruhr Economic Papers 667, RWI - Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-University Bochum, TU Dortmund University, University of Duisburg-Essen.
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    Keywords

    school quality; housing markets; information asymmetry; public policy evaluation; difference-in-difference estimation;
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    JEL classification:

    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • D84 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Expectations; Speculations
    • I24 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Inequality
    • R31 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Housing Supply and Markets

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