School Allocation Rules and Housing Prices: A Quasi-Experiment with School Relocation Events in Singapore

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Sumit Agarwal

National University of Singapore

Satyanarain Rengarajan

National University of Singapore

Tien Foo Sing

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Department of Real Estate

Yang Yang

The Chinese University of Hong Kong - CUHK Business School

Date Written: October 18, 2015

Abstract

This study uses a unique distance-based priority school allocation rule in Singapore as an identification to test school relocation effects on housing prices in the school zone. Using housing samples during the period from 1999 to 2009, our main results show that private housing prices within 1-km zone and in 1-km to 2-km zone from the old school zone decline by 2.9% and 6.0%, respectively, 6 months before the school relocation events. Larger price declines of 5.5% and 6.9% for houses located in 1-km and 1-km to 2-km from the school locations are found 12 months before the school relocations. In the public housing market, we also find that school relocations cause significant housing price declines of between 0.7% and 1.4% for households living within the 1-km school zone. The school relocation treatment effects are amplified by the school popularity ranking. The prioritization in school allocation accorded to houses within 1-km school zone has significant economic value in the private housing market.

Keywords: School allocation policies, school relocation events, prioritization rule, private housing market, public housing market

JEL Classification: D1, D4, I2, R2

Suggested Citation

Agarwal, Sumit and Rengarajan, Satyanarain and Sing, Tien Foo and Yang, Yang, School Allocation Rules and Housing Prices: A Quasi-Experiment with School Relocation Events in Singapore (October 18, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2380761 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2380761

Sumit Agarwal

National University of Singapore ( email )

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Satyanarain Rengarajan

National University of Singapore ( email )

4 Architecture Drive
Singapore 117566
Singapore

Tien Foo Sing (Contact Author)

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Department of Real Estate ( email )

4 Architecture Drive
Singapore 117566
Singapore

Yang Yang

The Chinese University of Hong Kong - CUHK Business School ( email )

7/F, Cheng Yu Tung Building
12 Chak Cheung Street, Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Hong Kong

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