All FSI Publications

Policy Related Research - REAP 2013

Official Policy Briefs

(Submitted to China’s State Council) 

  1. Research and Policy Recommendations on the Situation of Infant Malnutrition and Underdevelopment in Poor Areas
  2. Advisory for Implementing a Free Nutritious Lunch Program in Compulsory Schools in Poor, Rural Areas
  3. Policy Recommendations on the Enhancing the Effect of the Nutrition Improvement Plan for Students under Compulsory Education in Poor Areas
  4. Policy Recommendations on the Control and Prevention of Myopia Among Primary School Students in Poor Rural Areas
  5. Suggestions to Improve the Quality and Development of Vocational Schooling in China


Neglected Rural Public Health Issue: The Case of Intestinal Roundworms (2013)
Linxiu Zhang, Yingping Cai, Xiaobing Wang, Xiaochen Ma, Alexis Medina, D. Scott Smith, Scott Rozelle
China & World Economy, Vol. 21 no. 3, page(s) 25-43

Do You Get What You Pay For with School-Based Health Programs? Evidence from a Child Nutrition Experiment in Rural China (2013)
Sean Sylvia, Renfu Luo, Linxiu Zhang, Yaojiang Shi, Alexis Medina, Scott Rozelle
Economics of Education Review, Vol. 37, page(s) 1-12

Eggs versus Chewable Vitamins: Which Intervention Can Increase Nutrition and Test Scores in Rural China? (2013)
Max Kleiman-Weiner, Renfu Luo, Linxiu Zhang, Yaojiang Shi, Alexis Medina, Scott Rozelle
China Economic Review, Vol. 24, page(s) 165–176

Multiple Micronutrient Supplementation Reduces Anemia and Anxiety in Rural China's Elementary School Children (2013)
Max Kleiman-Weiner, Renfu Luo, Linxiu Zhang, Yaojiang Shi, Reynaldo Martorell, Scott Rozelle, Alexis Medina
Journal of Nutrition, Vol. 143 no. 5, page(s) 640-647


The Impacts of Building Elite High Schools for Students from Disadvantaged Areas. (2015). 
Prashant Loyalka, Jianguo Wei, Yingquan Song, Weiping Zhong, James Chu
Economic Development and Cultural Change. Forthcoming January 2015.

The Costs of Disability in China. (2014).
Prashant Loyalka, Lan Liu, Gong Chen, Xiaoying Zheng
Demography. Forthcoming February 2014.

Can Information and Counseling Help Students from Poor, Rural Areas Go to High School? Evidence from China. (2013).
Prashant Loyalka, Chengfang Liu, Yingquan Song, Hongmei Yi, Xiaoting Huang, Jianguo Wei, Linxiu Zhang, Yaojiang Shi, James Chu, Scott Rozelle
Journal of Comparative Economics.

Financial Aid, College Decisions, and Information: Evidence from a Cluster-RCT in China. (2013).
Prashant Loyalka, Yingquan Song, Jianguo Wei, Weiping Zhong, Scott Rozelle.
Economics of Education Review, Vol. 36, page(s) 26–40.

The Impact of a Senior High School Tuition Relief Program on Poor Junior High School Students in Rural China. (2013). 
Xinxin Chen, Yaojiang Shi, Hongmei Yi, Linxiu Zhang, Di Mo, James Chu, Prashant Loyalka, Scott Rozelle   China World and Economy.

A Report Card: How Are Secondary Vocational Schools in China Measuring Up to Government Benchmarks? (2013).
Hongmei Yi, Linxiu Zhang, Chengfang Liu, Ai Yue, Chu Yang, James Chu, Prashant Loyalka, May Maani, Jianguo Wei
China World and Economy.

University Expansion in the BRIC Countries and the Global Information Economy. (2013).
Martin Carnoy, Prashant Loyalka, Isak Froumin
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning.


Can One-to-One Computing Narrow the Digital Divide and the Educational Gap in China? The Case of Beijing Migrant Schools. (2013). 
Mo, Di, Jo Swinnen, Linxiu Zhang, Hongmei Yi, Qinghe Qu, Matthew Boswell and Scott Rozelle World Development, 46: 14-29.
Are Elite University Graduates Aiding China’s Transition to an Innovation-based Economy? Results from a Career Choices Survey among Would-be Innovators in China and the United States. (2013).
Linxiu Zhang, Eli Pollak, Ross Darwin, Matthew Boswell, Scott Rozelle. Asia Pacific Journal of Accounting and Economics. 20 (1): 58-69.

Roots of Tomorrow's Digital Divide: Documenting Computer Use and Internet Access in China's Elementary Schools Today. (2013). 
Yang, Yihua, Xiao Hu, Qinghe Qu, Fang Lai, Yaojiang Shi, Matthew Boswell, Scott Rozelle. China and World Economy 21(3): 61-79.

Computers and the Academic Performance of Elementary School-Aged Girls in China’s Poor Communities. (2013).
Yihua Yang, Linxiu Zhang, Junxia Zeng, Xiaopeng Pang, Fang Lai, Scott Rozelle
Computer & Education, 60(1): 335-346.


Does the Health of Classroom Peers affect Student Achievement?
Sean Sylvia, Chu Yang, Linxiu Zhang, Alexis Medina, Renfu Luo and Scott Rozelle
December, 2013

Managerial Incentives in Public Service Delivery: Evidence from School-Based Nutrition Programs in Rural China
Renfu Luo, Grant Miller, Scott Rozelle, Sean Sylvia, and Marcos Vera-Hernandez.
October, 2013

Teacher Contract Status, Centralization and Student Achievement in Rural China
Sean Sylvia, Natalie Johnson, Guangrong Ma, Scott Rozelle, and Enyan Yang
September, 2013

Survey using Incognito Standardized Patients Shows Poor Quality Care in China’s Rural Clinics
Sean Sylvia, Yaojiang Shi, Hao Xue, Xin Tian, Huan Wang, Qingmei Liu, Alexis Medina, Scott Rozelle
August, 2013

Text Messaging and Its Impacts on the Health and Education of the Poor: Evidence from Field Experiments in Rural China
Di Mo, Renfu Luo, Chengfang Liu, Huiping Zhang, Linxiu Zhang, Alexis Medina, Scott Rozelle
July, 2013

The Han-Minority Achievement Gap, Language and Returns to Schools in Rural China
Yunfan Yang, Huan Wang, Linxiu Zhang, Sean Sylvia, Renfu Luo, Yaojiang Shi, Wei Wang,Scott Rozelle
April, 2013

The Prevalence of Anemia in Central and Eastern China: Evidence from the China Heath and Nutrition Survey
Liying Li, Renfu Luo, Sean Sylvia, Alexis Medina, Scott Rozelle
March, 2013

Maternal Health Services in China’s Western Rural Areas: Uptake and Correlates
Chengfang Liu, Linxiu Zhang, Hongmei Yi, Renfu Luo, Yaojiang Shi, Huan Zhou, Alexis Medina, Scott Rozelle
February, 2013.

Vision in Rural China and the Failure of the Vision Care System
Yunli Baia,b, Hongmei Yi, Linxiu Zhanga, Yaojiang Shi ,  Xiaochen Ma,  Nathan Congdon Zhongqiang Zhou, Matthew Boswell, and Scott Rozelle. April 2013.

Poor Vision among China’s Rural Primary School Students: Prevalence, Correlates and Consequences
Hongmei Yi, Linxiu Zhang, Xiaochen Ma, Nathan Congdon, Yaojiang Shie, Xiaopeng Pang, Junxia Zeng, Lei Wang, Matthew Boswell, Scott Rozelle. April 2013.

Large differences in myopia prevalence among primary school children in adjoining provinces of rural western China
Zhongqiang Zhou, Xiaochen Ma, Hongmei Yi, Xiaopeng Pang, Yaojiang Shi,  Qianyun Chen, Mirjam Meltzer, Mingguang He, Scott Rozelle, Nathan Congdon. May 2013

Accuracy of Rural Refractionists in Western China
Zhongqiang Zhou, Junxia Zeng, Xiaochen Ma, Xiaopeng Pang, Hongmei Yi, Qianyun Chen, Mirjam E. Meltzer, Mingguang He, Scott Rozelle, Nathan Congdon. September 2013.

Ordeal Mechanisms and Information in the Promotion of Health Goods in Developing Countries: Evidence From Rural China
Xiaochen Ma, Sean Sylvia, Matthew Boswell, and Scott Rozelle. October 2013.

Provision of Spectacles Improves Academic Performance of Primary School Children in a Randomized Trial in China.
Congdon, Nathan, Xiaochen Ma, Zhongqiang Zhou, Hongmei Yi, Xiaopeng Pang, Yaojiang Shi, Qianyun Chen, Mirjam Meltzer, Minguang He, Scott Rozelle. December 2013.


Giving Kids a Head Start: The Impact of Early Commitment of Financial Aid on Poor Junior High School Students in Rural China. (2013).
Hongmei Yi, Yingquan Song, Liu C.F., Xiaoting Huang, Linxiu Zhang, Yaojiang Shi, Yunli Bai, Chu Yang, Huan Wang, Prashant Loyalka, James Chu, Scott Rozelle
Resubmitted: Journal of Development Economics.

The Quality of Higher Education in the BRIC countries. (2013).
Prashant Loyalka, Martin Carnoy, Isak Froumin, Rafiq Dossani, Jandhyala Tilak, Maria Dobryakova
Revise and Resubmit: Higher Education.

Unequal Access to College in China: How Far have Poor, Rural Students been Left Behind? (2013).
Hongbin Li, Prashant Loyalka, Scott Rozelle, Binzhen Wu, Jieyu Xie.
Revise and Resubmit: China Quarterly.

The Concept of Public Goods, the State, and Higher Education Finance: A View from the BRICS. (2013).
Martin Carnoy, Prashant Loyalka, Gregory Androuschak, Isak Froumin
Revise and Resubmit: Higher Education.

The Impact of Vocational Schooling on Human Capital Development in Developing Countries: Evidence from China. (2013).
Prashant Loyalka, Xiaoting Huang, Linxiu Zhang, Jianguo Wei, Hongmei Yi, Yingquan Song, Baoping Ren, Yaojiang Shi, May Maani, James Chu, Scott Rozelle.
Submitted to World Bank Economic Review

Absolute versus Comparative Advantage: Consequences for Gender Gaps in STEM and College Access in Emerging Economies. (2013).
Prashant Loyalka, Yue Qu, Sean Sylvia, May Maani, and Scott Rozelle.
Submitted to Journal of Human Resources.

Exploring Dropout Rates and Causes of Dropout in Upper-Secondary Vocational Schools in China. (2013).
Joe Yao, Hongmei Yi, Linxiu Zhang, Yaojiang Shi, James Chu, Prashant Loyalka, Scott Rozelle.
Submitted to International Journal of Educational Development.


Integrating Computer Assisted Learning into a Regular Curriculum: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Rural Schools in Shaanxi.
Mo, Di, Linxiu Zhang, Renfu Luo, Qinghe Qu, Weiming Huang, Jiafu Wang, Matthew Boswell, and Scott Rozelle. August 2013.

The Persistence of Gains in Learning from Computer Assisted Learning: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Rural Schools in Shaanxi Province.
Mo, Di, Linxiu Zhang, Jiafu Wang, Weiming Huang, and Yaojiang Shi, Matthew Boswell, Scott Rozelle. August 2013.

More is Not Always Better: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment of Computer Assisted Learning in Rural Minority Schools in Qinghai.
Fang, Lai, Linxiu Zhang, Yaojiang Shi, Scott Rozelle. December 2013.