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The Education of China's Migrant Children: The Missing Link in China's Education System

January 2014

This paper examines the academic performance of migrant students in migrant schools in China and explores determinants of their performance.

China’s Labor Transition and the Future of China’s Rural Wages and Employment

December 2013

This paper contributes to the assessment of China’s rural labor markets.

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

December 2013

This paper reports on a survey conducted among more than 800 engineering students at elite universities in China and the United States.

Will Demographic Change Slow China's Rise?

August 2013

China’s 2010 census revealed a population of 1.34 billion, 50 percent urban, 13.3 percent above age sixty, and with 118.06 boys born for every 100 girls.

Impact of the Global Financial Crises in Rural China: Gender, Off-Farm Employment, and Wages

July 2013

This contribution documents the effect ofthe global financial crisis on women's off-farm employment in China's rural labor force.

Does Financial Aid Help Poor Students Succeed in College?

June 2013

The rapid expansion of enrollment capacity in China’s colleges since the late 1990s has come at the price of high tuition hikes.

Information, College Decisions and Financial Aid: Evidence from a Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial in China

May 2013

Past studies find that disadvantaged students in the United States are often misinformed about college costs and financial aid opportunities and thus may make sub-optimal decisions regarding...

Providing Quality Infrastructure in Rural Villages: The Case of Rural Roads in China

March 2013

When seeking to build high quality and cost-effective infrastructure in rural villages, a fundamental question is: Who is better at doing so?

Does women's knowledge of voting rights affect their voting behavior in village elections? Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in China

February 2013

Officials in China claim that voting rates in rural village elections are high. Unfortunately, these rates are assumptions, not facts. The true voting rate is lower, and much lower for women.

Impact of a Senior High School Tuition Relief Program on Poor Junior High School Students in Rural China

January 2013

A significant gap remains between rural and urban students in the rate of admission to senior high school.

Shifting Fiscal Control to Limit Cadre Power in China's Townships and Villages

October 2012

In contrast to its decentralized political economy model of the 1980s, China took a surprising turn towards recentralization in the mid-1990s.

Does it Pay to be a Cadre? Estimating the Returns to Being a Local Official in Rural China

August 2012

Recruiting and retaining leaders and public servants at the grass-roots level in developing countries creates a potential tension between providing sufficient returns to attract talent and limiting...

Dropping Out: Why Are Students Leaving Junior High in China’s Poor Rural Areas?

July 2012

Despite both requirements of and support for universal education up to grade 9, there are concerning reports that China is still suffering from high and maybe even rising dropout rates in some poor...

Persistent Poverty in Rural China: Where, Why, and How to Escape?

April 2012

Using rural household panel data from three Chinese provinces, this paper identifies determinants of long-term poverty and tests the duration dependence on the probability to leave poverty.

253- The Economic Returns to Higher Education in the BRIC Countries and Their Implications for Higher Education Expansion

January 2012

Early Commitment on Financial Aid and College Decision Making of Poor Students: Evidence from Randomized Evaluation in Rural China

December 2011

Many educational systems have struggled with the question about how best to give out financial aid.

Mapping Poverty in Rural China: How Much Does the Environment Matter?

February 2011

A recently developed small area estimation technique is used to geographically derive detailed estimates of consumption-based poverty and inequality in rural Shaanxi, China.

Health Insurance and Catastrophic Illness: A Report on the New Cooperative Medical System in Rural China

July 2009

The overall goal of the paper is to understand the progress of the design and implementation of China’s New Cooperative Medical System (NCMS) program between 2004 (the second year of the program)...

Reconciling the Returns to Education in Off-Farm Wage Employment in Rural China

February 2008

Previous studies have found that the returns to education in rural China are far lower than estimates for other developing economies.

Quantity-Quality Trade-off of Children in a Developing Country: Identification Using Chinese Twins

February 2008

Testing the tradeoff between child quantity and quality within a family is complicated by the endogeneity of family size.

Why Does Spousal Education Matter for Earnings? Assortative Mating or Cross-productivity

December 2006

In interpreting the positive relationship between spousal education and one’s earnings, economists have two major hypotheses: cross-productivity between couples and assortative mating.

Mother's Education and Child Health: Is There a Nurturing Effect?

December 2006

In this paper, we examine the effect of maternal education on the health of young children by using a large sample of adopted children from China.

Parental Childcare and Children's Educational Attainment: Evidence from China

December 2005

This paper examines the determinants of child educational attainment.

Estimating Returns to Education Using Twins

December 2005

This paper empirically estimates the returns to education using twins data that the authors collected from urban China.