Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/58712
Authors: 
Grimes, Arthur
Stillman, Steven
Young, Chris
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6168
Abstract: 
We use New Zealand school board of trustees data to examine whether schools where parents have high rates of homeownership experience high parental voting turnout in elections. We also investigate whether homeownership influences the probability that a school board proceeds to election, indicating parental willingness to serve as a school trustee. Similarly, we examine whether state-owned social housing rates affect these outcomes. We compile results initially without controlling for other factors, and then controlling for a wide range of other characteristics, to test the robustness of simple observed associations between homeownership and state-ownership rates and outcome variables. Our findings show no discernible effect of homeownership on parental voting turnout in school elections after controls are added (contrary to the simple positive association), but a (robust) positive impact of both homeownership and state-ownership rates on the probability that a school holds an election.
Subjects: 
homeownership
school elections
parental voice
social capital
JEL: 
I28
R23
Z13
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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