Seminar ‘The Real Cost of School Quality-Estimating the External Effects of Schools on House Prices'
Thursday May 23rd 2017 Mike Langen (Maastricht Univ.) will give a presentation titled ‘The Real Cost of School Quality-Estimating the External Effects of Schools on House Prices'
Time: 13:00-14:00 Hrs
Venue: CPB-Office, Bezuidenhoutseweg 30, Den Haag, room 4, ‘Buntgraszaal’
Presentation: Mike Langen (Maastricht Univ.)
Discussant: Joppe de Ree
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Apart from direct spending, society also bears indirect costs of education, because people do not like living next to a school building. This paper analyzes the “house price – distance to a school” relationship for schools of different qualities separately. We apply a hedonic property pricing model using a unique dataset, which combines a detailed profile of all primary schools in the Netherlands with 2.3 million housing transactions over a time span of 30 years.
We find a general proximity discount of -1.3 percent. Considering quality, we find an additional effect of up to 1.2 percent for high quality schools and an additional discount of up to -1.3 percent for low quality schools. Our results show that quality and distance to schools matter equally when examining external effects on local house prices.
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