Poster Paper: No Base Left Behind

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Liberty A & B (Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Alexander Bogin, Syracuse University, Phuong Nguyen, University of Iowa and Ryan Yeung, Rutgers University-Camden

In this study, we examine the possible nexus between military base closures and realignments on school district finance, an unexplored area of research on the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process. To address potential endogeneity, we utilize differences-in-differences estimation to identify the effect of closures and realignments on school spending. Preliminary results suggest that after an initial increase in spending after the event, school spending falls at a gradual rate. The results of this study can potentially inform communities facing military cuts.