The Relationship Between School Quality and U.S. Multi-family Housing Rents

Jeremy Gabe, Spenser Robinson

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Drawing on a sample, of U.S. multi-family apartment and school data from across45 U.S. Core Based Statistical Areas, this paper examines the capitalization of school qualityinto apartment rents. It makes three contributions. First, in the context of the geographicallydiverse data, results tend to be consistent with individual market analyses in the extant literaturethough there is some important geographic variation. Second, capitalization patterns vary acrossmeasures of school quality and tend to consistent with observed patterns within the single-family oriented research including by region. Third, congruent with life cycle literature, multi-family renters appear, on average, to capitalize primary school quality to a greater extent thanintermediate and secondary school levels. Results are robust when considering school choice andother inter-jurisdictional nuances or econometric techniques.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Real Estate Finance and Economics
StatePublished - 2021


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