Preferences for single-sex schools: evidence from the housing market

Daniel Melser, Morteza Moallemi, Jun Sung Kim

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We explore preferences for single-sex secondary schools by examining whether house prices vary at the borders of single-sex and coeducational school zones. To do this we develop a novel clustered boundary discontinuity design. This improves over existing methods in providing better control for locational variation in housing prices. Using data for Sydney, Australia, we find a price premium of around 2% for homes in single-sex school zones relative to comparable homes across the border in coeducational school zones. This price premium is robust across a range of models and cluster sizes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)710-726
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021


  • Boundary discontinuity
  • Hedonic regression
  • Housing
  • Single-sex schooling

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