Economics Research Seminar | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

Economics Research Seminar

Does the Market Value Value-Added? Evidence from Housing Prices After a Public Release of School and

Value-added data have become an increasingly common evaluation tool for schools and teachers. Many school districts have begun to adopt these methods and have released results publicly. In this paper, we use the unique public release of value-added data in Los Angeles to identify how this measure of school quality is capitalized into housing prices. Via difference-in-differences, we find no evidence of a response to either school or teacher value-added rank, even though school-zone boundary fixed-effects estimates indicate that test score levels are capitalized into home prices. Given ample evidence that this information was new to residents, widely dispersed, and was easily available, our results suggest that either homeowners do not understand value-added models, leading people to discount value-added in decision making, or they do not value it on the margin.  This has implications for the effectiveness of providing value-added information as a tool to help parents choose schools.

Please join the Economics Department for a research seminar.  This event is open to all Case Western Reserve University faculty, Ph.D. students, economic majors and minors, and those interested in economics research.
Contact Information:

Teresa Kabat

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 258
11119 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, OH 44106-7235
United States
Speaker(s): Scott Imberman, Michigan State University
Sponsored by: Economics Department
Does the Market Value Value-Added? Evidence from Housing Prices


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