The Effects of Attending Selective College Tiers in China

Posted: 9 Apr 2013

See all articles by Prashant Kumar Loyalka

Prashant Kumar Loyalka

Stanford University - Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Yingquan Song

Peking University

Jianguo Wei

Peking University

Date Written: March 1, 2012

Abstract

We estimate the effects of attending the first versus second-tier of higher education insti- tutions on Chinese students’ at-college and expected post-college outcomes using various quasi-experimental methods such as regression discontinuity, genetic matching, and regression discontinuity controlling for covariates. Overall we find that just attending the first versus second-tier makes little difference in terms of students’ class ranking, net tuition, expected wages, or likelihood of applying for graduate school. The results do show, however, that just attending the first versus second tier makes it less likely that students will get their preferred major choice.

Keywords: Education, China

Suggested Citation

Loyalka, Prashant and Song, Yingquan and Wei, Jianguo, The Effects of Attending Selective College Tiers in China (March 1, 2012). Social Science Research , Vol. 41, No. 2, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2247092

Prashant Loyalka (Contact Author)

Stanford University - Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Yingquan Song

Peking University ( email )

No. 38 Xueyuan Road
Haidian District
Beijing, Beijing 100871
China

Jianguo Wei

Peking University ( email )

No. 38 Xueyuan Road
Haidian District
Beijing, Beijing 100871
China

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