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The Poverty Gap in School Spending Following the Introduction of Title I

Elizabeth Cascio () and Sarah Reber

American Economic Review, 2013, vol. 103, issue 3, 423-27

Abstract: Title I of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act explicitly directed more federal aid for K-12 education to poorer areas for the first time in US history, with a goal of promoting regional convergence in school spending. Using newly collected data, we find some evidence that Title I narrowed the gap in per-pupil school spending between richer and poorer states in the short- to medium-run. However, the program was small relative to then-existing poverty gaps in school spending; even in the absence of crowd-out by local or state governments, the program could have reduced the gap by only 15 percent.

JEL-codes: H52 H75 I21 I28 I32 I38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.103.3.423
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