Court-Ordered Finance Reforms in the Adequacy Era: Heterogeneous Causal Effects and Sensitivity

Court-Ordered Finance Reforms in The Adequacy Era: Heterogeneous Causal Effects and Sensitivity Christopher A. Candelaria and Kenneth A. Shores Education Finance and Policy 0 0:ja, 1-91

91 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2017

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Christopher Candelaria

Vanderbilt University

Kenneth Shores

Pennsylvania State University

Date Written: July 27, 2017

Abstract

We provide new evidence about the effect of court-ordered finance reforms that took place between 1989 and 2010 on per-pupil revenues and graduation rates. We account for heterogeneity in the treated and counterfactual groups to estimate the effect of overturning a state’s finance system. Seven years after reform, the highest poverty quartile in a treated state experienced a 11.5 to 12.1 percent increase in per-pupil spending and a 6.8 to 11.5 percentage point increase in graduation rates. We subject the model to various sensitivity tests, which provide upper and lower bounds on the estimates. Estimates range, in most cases, from 6 to 12 percentage points for graduation rates.

Keywords: School Finance, Adequacy Era, Differences-in-Differences, Correlated Random Trends, Cross-Sectional Dependence

JEL Classification: C23, I26

Suggested Citation

Candelaria, Christopher and Shores, Kenneth, Court-Ordered Finance Reforms in the Adequacy Era: Heterogeneous Causal Effects and Sensitivity (July 27, 2017). Court-Ordered Finance Reforms in The Adequacy Era: Heterogeneous Causal Effects and Sensitivity Christopher A. Candelaria and Kenneth A. Shores Education Finance and Policy 0 0:ja, 1-91 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3009784

Christopher Candelaria

Vanderbilt University ( email )

United States

Kenneth Shores (Contact Author)

Pennsylvania State University ( email )

Health and Human Development
University Park, PA 16802
United States
6505804655 (Phone)

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