ERIC Number: ED229831
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: 0
School Quality and Intra-Metropolitan Mobility: A Further Test of the Tiebout Hypothesis. Revised. Working Paper Series No. E820303.
Jud, G. Donald
To further test Charles Tiebout's suggestion that households reveal their preferences for public goods through their decisions to relocate, questionnaires were sent to the 2,290 people who bought homes in Charlotte (North Carolina) during 1977 and who were still living in the same house during the summer of 1981. Each of the 1,176 respondents rated the importance of commuting time (or distance) to work and public school attendance zones on their decision of where to live. Households with children ranked school attendance zones as more important than commuting time, the opposite of households without children. Further insight into the relationship between public schools and residential location is provided by a model derived from those 814 respondents who had previously lived in Charlotte. Using the 54 elementary school clusters within the city as the basic unit of analysis, the model utilizes variables of the third-grade reading achievement score and percent of nonwhite pupils, the neighborhood racial composition and average family income, and a distance from work factor. A household's ranking of school attendance zones as a location factor appears to be more highly correlated with the quality of education offered in the neighborhood public school than with the racial mix of students. (MLF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Greensboro. Center for Applied Research.
Identifiers: North Carolina (Charlotte); Tiebout (Charles)
Note: Study funded by a grant from the North Carolina Real Estate Research Center.