EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Family Background, School Quality, Ability and Student Achievement in Rural China –Identification Using Famine-Generated Instruments

Qihui Chen ()

No 49429, 2009 Annual Meeting, July 26-28, 2009, Milwaukee, Wisconsin from Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Abstract: This paper investigates the determinants of academic achievement in basic education (grade 1-9) for a sample of children (aged 9-12 in 2000) from rural China. A set of instrumental variable generated by the Great Famine in China, 1958-1961, is used to instrument an error-ridden measure of child innate ability, the cognitive ability score of each sampled child. Empirical results indicate strong effects of family background variables such as household income and parental education. Father’s education has significantly positive effect on academic achievements for both boys and girls, while mother’s education only matters for girls. Consistent with the common findings in the literature, most of school quality variables do not have significantly positive effects on child academic achievements.

Keywords: Consumer/Household Economics; Labor and Human Capital; Public Economics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 38
Date: 2009
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-edu, nep-lab, nep-neu and nep-tra
References: View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/49429/files/Chi ... _Qihui_Chen_2009.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:ags:aaea09:49429

DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.49429

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in 2009 Annual Meeting, July 26-28, 2009, Milwaukee, Wisconsin from Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by AgEcon Search ().

 
Page updated 2020-03-30
Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea09:49429