Poverty in China’s Colleges and the Targeting of Financial Aid

39 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2011 Last revised: 6 May 2013

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Li Hongbin

Tsinghua University

Lingsheng Meng

Tsinghua University

Xinzheng Shi

Tsinghua University - School of Economics & Management

Binzhen Wu

Tsinghua University - School of Economics & Management

Date Written: June 16, 2012

Abstract

To examine poverty on China’s campuses, we utilize the Chinese College Students Survey carried out in 2010. With poverty line defined as the college-specific expenditures a student needs to maintain the basic living standard on campus, we find that 22 percent of college students in China are living in poverty. Poverty is more severe among students from the rural or Western parts of the country. The college need-based aid program must be improved because its targeting count error is over 50 percent. Lacking other income sources, poor students rely heavily on loans and working to finance their college education.

Keywords: Poverty, Financial aid, Financial sources, Higher education, China

JEL Classification: I32, I38, I24, I28

Suggested Citation

Hongbin, Li and Meng, Lingsheng and Shi, Xinzheng and Wu, Binzhen, Poverty in China’s Colleges and the Targeting of Financial Aid (June 16, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1865851 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1865851

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

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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