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Title:The effect of school construction on test scores, school enrollment, and home prices PDF Logo
Authors:Neilson, Christopher
Zimmerman, Seth
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6106
Abstract: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.
Subjects:school construction
test scores
home prices
JEL:I21
I22
H75
R30
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-201111213488
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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