Adam Kapor (Princeton)
Kalai Family Workshop in Applied Microeconomics
Feb 20 2018
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School Quality Information and Demand for Voucher Housing
Research shows that housing location is a powerful factor in the determination of a child' s social and schooling environments. While high-quality schools can improve student achievement, low-income families often do not choose high performing schools for their children or do not live in neighborhoods with high-performing schools. One possible explanation may be limited access to information on school quality. We leverage a large nationwide residential search platform for low-income families by randomly assigning users to see school-quality information on each housing listing they view; control-group users see the default view of listings that does not include school quality information. We find positive and significant impacts on search behavior and on quality of local schools at the household's residence. We use the experiment together with a model of households' search behavior to quantify the welfare impacts of school quality information.