The Importance of School Infrastructure to Students and Teacher Labor Markets: Regression-Discontinuity Evidence from School Bond Elections

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Early Career Research Award


The project will examine the effects of school infrastructure on student achievement and on teacher labor markets. Unprecedented budget shortfalls have caused most states to make substantial cuts to school funding which may have long-term economic and social consequences. This project seeks to estimate the effect of school facility spending on teacher labor markets using regression-discontinuity methods. The student-level data records from the state of Texas will be used for the project.

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Investing in Schools: Capital Spending, Facility Conditions, and Student Achievement (Revised and Edited)
Upjohn Institute Working Paper No. 16-256, 2016

Martorell, Paco, Kevin Stange, and Isaac McFarlin Jr.. 2016. "Investing in schools: capital spending, facility conditions, and student achievement." Journal of Public Economics 140:13-29.