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Impacts of education policies on intergenerational education mobility in China

Yumei Guo, Yang Song () and Qianmiao Chen

China Economic Review, 2019, vol. 55, issue C, 124-142

Abstract: This paper used the CHIP 2013 dataset to investigate the effects of two important education policies in China on intergenerational education mobility, including the Compulsory Education Law implemented in 1986 and college expansion policy (CEP) started from 1999. In general, our results reflect a relatively optimistic picture in urban China, but a less favorable pattern in rural areas. For the urban sample, both the Compulsory Education Law (CEL) and college expansion policy increase the probability of upward mobility at lower parental education level, and the college expansion policy further increases the intergenerational education mobility in urban China. In contrast, each of the two policies indeed reduces the intergenerational education mobility for the rural sample, and the effects found on upward mobility in urban China are non-existent for the rural sample. The unfavorable results in rural China can be attributed to poor enforcement of the policy or the lack of demand-side education reforms.

Keywords: Intergenerational education mobility; Upward mobility; Inequality; Education policies; China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H5 I2 O1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1016/j.chieco.2019.03.011

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