TAKS, taxes and Tiebout in Texas: the relationship between residential sorting and school quality

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Title: TAKS, taxes and Tiebout in Texas: the relationship between residential sorting and school quality
Author: Trice, Jennifer
Abstract: Wallace Oates classic study which provided empirical support for the Tiebout hypothesis has been used as the basis for numerous future attempts to explain residential sorting among local jurisdictions . Oates and many others have focussed on school quality , specifically expenditure per pupil , as a reason for citizen voters' decisions to move . Data from Dallas suburbs seems to provide support for Tiebout's original hypothesis , that people choose a community based on the set of public goods that are provided there , but the expenditure per pupil variable was not significant . Texas school finance policy , which redistributes wealth from wealthier districts to poorer districts , makes the expenditure per pupil variable meaningless . Using a two stage least squares model , this study shows that standardized test scores from the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS ) test can be substituted as a school quality variable . Results of the study provide additional support for the Tiebout hypothesis in the Dallas , Texas area .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /11305
Date: 2006-05

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Trice, Jennifer TAKS, taxes and Tiebout in Texas: the relationship between residential sorting and school quality. Master's thesis, Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /11305 .

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