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Sorting, School Performance and Quality: Evidence from China

Yang Song ()

No 2018-01, Working Papers from Department of Economics, Colgate University

Abstract: School choice reforms give talented students the option to sort out of low-performing schools but often leave disadvantaged students behind. This study shows how a Chinese city was successful in helping its low-performing schools to catch up by encouraging talented students to sort into these schools. The city identified eleven low-performing middle schools and guaranteed elite high school admission to their top ten-percent graduates. This study documents that the policy improved school performance by 0.19-0.26 standard deviations. Using data on lottery middle school assignment, I further test for potential mechanisms, including strategic sorting and improvement in school value-added.

Keywords: Education Inequality; School Choice; Incentives; Sorting; Peer Effects. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 I24 I25 I28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017-04-01, Revised 2018-03-20
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