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ERIC Number: EJ1167547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0964-5292
Do School Budgets Matter? The Effect of Budget Referenda on Student Dropout Rates
Lee, Kyung-Gon; Polachek, Solomon W.
Education Economics, v26 n2 p129-144 2018
This paper analyzes how changes in school expenditures affect dropout rates based on data from 466 school districts in New York during the 2003/04 to the 2007/08 school years. Past traditional regression approaches show mixed results in part because school expenditures are likely endogenous, so that one cannot disentangle cause and effect. The regression discontinuity design used in this study isolates exogenous variation in school expenditures per pupil by comparing school districts where budget referenda passed and failed by narrow margins. The results indicate that increases in school expenditures reduce New York State dropout rates.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York
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