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Does Having a Cadre Parent Pay? Evidence from the First Job Offers of Chinese College Graduates

28 Pages Posted: 23 May 2011 Last revised: 12 Mar 2012

Li Hongbin

Tsinghua University

Lingsheng Meng

Tsinghua University

Xinzheng Shi

Tsinghua University - School of Economics & Management; Tsinghua University

Binzhen Wu

Tsinghua University - School of Economics & Management

Date Written: May 22, 2011

Abstract

We estimate the wage premium associated with having a cadre parent in China using a recent survey of college graduates carried out by the authors. The wage premium of having a cadre parent is 15 percent, and this premium cannot be explained by other observables such as college entrance exam scores, quality of colleges and majors, a full set of college human capital attributes, and job characteristics. These results suggest that the remaining premium could be the true wage premium of having a cadre parent.

Keywords: Inter-generational Transfer, Political Status, College Education, China

JEL Classification: E24, I25, J62, P36

Suggested Citation

Hongbin, Li and Meng, Lingsheng and Shi, Xinzheng and Wu, Binzhen, Does Having a Cadre Parent Pay? Evidence from the First Job Offers of Chinese College Graduates (May 22, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1849485 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1849485

Li Hongbin

Tsinghua University ( email )

Beijing, 100084
China

Lingsheng Meng

Tsinghua University ( email )

Beijing, 100084
China

Xinzheng Shi

Tsinghua University - School of Economics & Management ( email )

Beijing, 100084
China

Tsinghua University ( email )

Beijing, 100084
China

Binzhen Wu (Contact Author)

Tsinghua University - School of Economics & Management ( email )

School of Economics and Management
Tsinghua University
Beijing, Beijing 100084
China

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