Why Do School District Budget Referenda Fail?
Ronald G. Ehrenberg
ILR-Cornell University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Randy A. Ehrenberg
North Colonie Central Schools
Christopher L. Smith
Cornell University - School of Industrial and Labor Relations
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1053
Our paper analyzes historical data for New York State on the percentage of school board budget proposals that are defeated each year and panel data that we collected for individual school districts in the state. We find that changes in state aid have little impact on budget vote success. Defeating a budget in one year increases the likelihood that the voters will defeat a budget in the next year. Finally, districts have a larger probability of having their budget proposals defeated when their school board members have longer terms.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 35
Keywords: school budget votes
JEL Classification: I22, H71working papers series
Date posted: April 9, 2004
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