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Education inputs, student performance and school finance reform in Michigan
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Economics of Education Review Volume 28, Number 1 ISSN 0272-7757 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd

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This paper estimates the impact of the Michigan school finance reform, Proposal A, on education inputs and test scores. Using a difference-in-difference estimation strategy, I find that school districts in Michigan used the increase in educational spending generated through Proposal A to increase teacher salaries and reduce class size to a smaller extent. Then, using the foundation allowance created by Proposal A as an instrument, I estimate the causal effect of increased spending on 4th and 7th grade math scores for two test measures – a scaled score and a percent satisfactory measure – and find positive effects of increased spending on 4th grade test scores. A 60% increase in spending increases the percent satisfactory score by one standard deviation. The positive impact of expenditures on test performance seems largely due to higher teacher salaries.

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Chaudhary, L. Education inputs, student performance and school finance reform in Michigan. Economics of Education Review, 28(1), 90-98. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved October 15, 2019 from .

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Full text is availabe on Science Direct: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.econedurev.2007.11.004

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