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The Effects of School Construction on Student and District Outcomes: Evidence from a State-Funded Program in Ohio

50 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2015  

Felipe Goncalves

Princeton University - Department of Economics

Date Written: November 5, 2015

Abstract

I study an ongoing state-subsidized program of rebuilding and renovating Ohio’s K-12 public schools and investigate the effect of improved facility quality on student and school district outcomes. The completion of a project increases public school enrollment and district property values. Test scores do not measurably improve upon completion and suffer significant reductions during construction. The implied willingness to pay for a project is lower than total costs but greater than the cost borne by district residents. While the program led to a narrowing in expenditures across district wealth, I find little evidence that it reduced disparities in student outcomes.

JEL Classification: I24, I26, H75

Suggested Citation

Goncalves, Felipe, The Effects of School Construction on Student and District Outcomes: Evidence from a State-Funded Program in Ohio (November 5, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2686828 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2686828

Felipe Goncalves (Contact Author)

Princeton University - Department of Economics ( email )

Princeton, NJ 08544-1021
United States

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