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The Effect of School Construction on Test Scores, School Enrollment, and Home Prices

Christopher Neilson () and Seth Zimmerman

No 6106, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

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.

Keywords: test scores; school construction; home prices (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 I22 H75 R30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 47 pages
Date: 2011-11
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Published in: Journal of Public Economics, 2014, 120 , 18-31

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