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Relaxing Electoral Constraints in Local Education Funding

We study a California policy that loosened constraints on some local governments by lowering the share of votes required to pass school capital improvement bond referendums. We show that the policy change yielded larger tax proposals that received less support from voters, yet led to a doubling of approved spending. We show that this effect is concentrated in more racially diverse jurisdictions and that loosening these electoral constraints completely closed the gap in funding between these areas. We develop an agenda-setter model of the interaction between local government officials and voters to illustrate potential mechanisms behind these results.

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10.26300/rre8-7r78

EdWorkingPaper suggested citation:

Grosz, Michel, and Ross T. Milton. (). Relaxing Electoral Constraints in Local Education Funding. (EdWorkingPaper: 22-524). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University: https://doi.org/10.26300/rre8-7r78

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