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

47 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2011

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Chris Neilson

Yale University - Department of Economics

Seth D. Zimmerman

Yale University; University of Chicago - Booth School of Business

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: school construction, test scores, home prices

JEL Classification: I21, I22, H75, R30

Suggested Citation

Neilson, Chris and Zimmerman, Seth D., The Effect of School Construction on Test Scores, School Enrollment, and Home Prices. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6106, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1962164

Chris Neilson (Contact Author)

Yale University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Seth D. Zimmerman

Yale University ( email )

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business ( email )

5807 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

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