It Makes a Village: Residential Relocation after Charter School Admission
26 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2010
Date Written: March 28, 2010
Although numerous studies investigate how student achievement is impacted by educational vouchers and charter schools, there appears to be no research on how school choice programs impact the surrounding environment. This study examines residential relocation of families whose children attend a charter school. I develop a theoretical model which predicts where relocating families are likely to move, given ex-ante distance and direction to the school. The model is parameterized using data from student mailing address changes. I find that families are almost twice as likely to relocate toward the school than could be expected if the school did not exert any attraction. This result has important implications for mitigating urban sprawl, fostering urban renewal, promoting sustainable real estate development, and increasing inner-city socio-economic and racial diversity.
JEL Classification: R2
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