Educational Outcomes and House Values: A Test of the Value Added Approach

24 Pages Posted: 8 May 2006

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David M. Brasington

University of Cincinnati - Department of Economics

Donald R. Haurin

Ohio State University (OSU) - Economics

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Abstract

We use house price hedonics to compare the extent that homeowners value traditional measures of school quality or the "value added" of schooling. Unlike other studies, we use spatial statistics as an identification strategy. Based on our study of 310 school districts and 77,000 house transactions, we find little support for the value added model. Instead, we find that households consistently value a district's average proficiency test scores and expenditures. The elasticity of house prices with respect to school expenditures is 0.49, and an increase in test scores by one standard deviation, ceteris paribus, raises house prices by 7.1 percent.

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Brasington, David M. and Haurin, Donald R., Educational Outcomes and House Values: A Test of the Value Added Approach. Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 46, No. 2, pp. 245-268, May 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=898986 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0022-4146.2006.00440.x

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