Does Investing in School Capital Infrastructure Improve Student Achievement?

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Kai Hong

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD); New York University (NYU) - Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

Ronald Zimmer

Vanderbilt University - Peabody College

Date Written: March 16, 2016

Abstract

Within the research community, there is a vigorous debate over whether additional educational expenditures will lead to improved performance of schools. Some of the debate is an outgrowth of the lack of causal knowledge of the impacts of expenditures on student outcomes. To help fill this void, we examine the causal impact of capital expenditures on school district proficiency rates in Michigan. For the analysis, we employ a regression discontinuity design where we use the outcomes of bond elections as the forcing variable. Our results provide some evidence that capital expenditures can have positive effects on student proficiency levels.

Keywords: Economics of Education, Capital Expenditure, Regression Discontinuity Design

JEL Classification: I22

Suggested Citation

Hong, Kai and Zimmer, Ronald, Does Investing in School Capital Infrastructure Improve Student Achievement? (March 16, 2016). Economics of Education Review, Vol. 53, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2672102 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2672102

Kai Hong (Contact Author)

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Ronald Zimmer

Vanderbilt University - Peabody College ( email )

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