The Effect of Primary School Mergers on Academic Performance of Students in Rural China

International Journal of Educational Development, Vol. 30, No. 6, page(s) 570-585

Posted: 9 Apr 2013

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Chengfang Liu

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Linxiu Zhang

Chinese Academy of Sciences - Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy

Renfu Luo

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) - Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy (CCAP)

Scott Rozelle

Stanford University - Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies

Prashant Kumar Loyalka

Stanford University - Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Date Written: January 1, 2010

Abstract

We examine the impact of primary school mergers on academic performance of students using a dataset that we collected using a survey designed specifically to examine changes in the academic performance of students before and after their schools were merged. We use difference-in-differences and propensity score matching approaches and demonstrate that overall the primary school merger has not harmed the academic performance of students, as some have claimed. We do find, however, that the timing of mergers matter; when students are older (e.g., the fourth grade) their grades rise after merging. The grades of younger students, however, fall.

Keywords: Development, China

Suggested Citation

Liu, Chengfang and Zhang, Linxiu and Luo, Renfu and Rozelle, Scott and Loyalka, Prashant, The Effect of Primary School Mergers on Academic Performance of Students in Rural China (January 1, 2010). International Journal of Educational Development, Vol. 30, No. 6, page(s) 570-585, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2247098

Chengfang Liu (Contact Author)

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) ( email )

52 Sanlihe Rd.
Datun Road, Anwai
Beijing, Xicheng District 100864
China

Linxiu Zhang

Chinese Academy of Sciences - Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy ( email )

Anwai, Beijing, 100101
China

Renfu Luo

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) - Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy (CCAP) ( email )

Building 917, Datun Road
Beijing 100101
China

Scott Rozelle

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

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Prashant Loyalka

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

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

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