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Houses and Schools: Valuation of School Quality through then Housing Market - EALE 2010 Presidential Address


This paper offers a critical appraisal of the now sizable empirical literature that values school quality and performance through housing valuations. This literature consistently finds housing valuations to be significantly higher in places where measured school quality is higher, implying a strong parental willingness to pay to get their children educated in better performing schools. This conclusion emerges from studies undertaken in a number of countries, using a variety of identification strategies, and at different parts of the education sequence that children follow.


Stephen Machin

May 2011     Paper Number CEPOP29

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This CEP occasional paper is published under the centre's Education and skills programme.