Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/58687
Authors: 
Neilson, Christopher
Zimmerman, Seth
Year of Publication: 
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: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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