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Title:Demographics, fiscal health, and school quality: shedding light on school closure decisions PDF Logo
Authors:Billger, Sherrilyn M.
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 4739
Abstract:In our current challenging budgetary environment, school closures remain a potentially attractive choice. With a large panel of Illinois schools from 1991 to 2005, I investigate which factors contribute to school closures. Among elementary schools, declining enrolments and rural locations coincide with closures. However, schools with higher per-pupil spending are ceteris paribus less likely to close. Furthermore, better test scores also yield lower probabilities. High expenditures contribute to junior high closure, but the most significant predictors are the proportions of black and low income students. Administrators may claim that low enrolments and high spending motivate school closures, but in Illinois, that is not the whole story.
Subjects:Education finance
education administration
school closures
tax policy
JEL:I22
I28
H75
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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