It Makes a Village: Residential Relocation after Charter School Admission

34 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2014

See all articles by Bartley R. Danielsen

Bartley R. Danielsen

North Carolina State University - Poole College of Management

David M. Harrison

UCF; Texas Tech University

Jing Zhao

Portland State University - The School of Business

Date Written: Winter 2014

Abstract

Although numerous studies investigate how student achievement is impacted by educational vouchers and charter schools, there appears to be no research on how these programs impact the surrounding environment. This study examines residential relocation of families whose children attend a charter school. We develop a conceptual model that 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. We find that families are almost twice as likely to relocate toward the school as would be expected if the school did not exert any attraction. Moreover, although families are not required to live near the school, the child's school exerts a significantly stronger attraction than parent workplaces. This result may have important implications for mitigating urban sprawl, fostering urban renewal and promoting sustainable real estate development.

Suggested Citation

Danielsen, Bartley R. and Harrison, David M. and Zhao, Jing, It Makes a Village: Residential Relocation after Charter School Admission (Winter 2014). Real Estate Economics, Vol. 42, Issue 4, pp. 1008-1041, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2531515 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1540-6229.12074

Bartley R. Danielsen (Contact Author)

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