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

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.

Year of Publication
2015
Number
593
Date Published
11/2015
Publication Language
eng
Citation Key
9281
URL
Working Papers