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Educational and nutritional consequences of education subsidy in rural China

Yiru Wang

China Economic Review, 2018, vol. 51, issue C, 167-180

Abstract: This paper investigates the effects of the most widespread education subsidy—the “two waivers, one subsidy” policy—on school enrollment and nutrition intake among rural children from needy families in China. Using the difference-in-difference identification strategy and data from the China Health and Nutrition Survey, we find this policy was quite influential for poor children of junior high school age, increasing their school enrollment by 11 percentage points. When stratified by gender, the influence was found limited to male students. Besides, the subsidy increased the calorie and fat intake among junior high school-aged children, suggesting that part of the savings from the education expenses was transferred to food expenses.

Date: 2018
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