Effects of Education Equalization Measures on Housing Prices: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Suzhou, China


  • Shang Xie School of Economics, Peking University, Beijing, China
  • Muhammad Ateeq ur Reman Research Institute of Economics and Management, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Chengdu, China
  • Kang Mao College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University, Beijing, China




Education equalization, DID, Housing prices


Educational equity is the foundation of social equity, and education equalization is one of the serious issues to be solved by the government. This work considers one education equalization reform conducted by Suzhou Industrial Park of China, namely, the comprehensive "five to nine" (CFTN) housing purchase admission qualification adjustment policy, as an example and uses the resold housing transaction data to identify the effect of the equalization policy by the difference-in-differences (DID) method. Based on this natural experiment, the quantitative assessment results show that (1) the CFTN policy has a significantly positive effect on housing prices in nine-year consistent (NYC) school districts that belong to high-quality school districts; (2) the CFTN policy has no significant effect on housing prices in non-NYC consistent school districts that belong to ordinary school districts. These results uncover that the one-size-fits-all CFTN policy can only obtain significant housing price equilibrium effects in school districts above a certain level of education quality. For regions with backward education levels, the policy is ineffective. For these regions, continuously increasing high-quality educational resources and increasing educational service levels are essential solutions to reduce educational inequality.


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How to Cite

Xie, S., Reman, M. A. ur, & Mao, K. (2022). Effects of Education Equalization Measures on Housing Prices: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Suzhou, China. Review of Economic Assessment, 1(1), 22–33. https://doi.org/10.58567/rea01010002