Can Conditional Grants Attract Better Students: Evidence from Chinese Normal Universities

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Li Han

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - School of Humanities and Social Science; Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - School of Science

Jiaxin Xie

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - School of Humanities and Social Science

Date Written: March 1, 2015

Abstract

One recent policy tend to improve teacher quality is providing conditional grants to trainees in teacher colleges and commit them to working in disadvantaged areas upon graduation. Yet little is known whether such policies attract better trainees. This paper evaluates a conditional grant program in Chinese teachers' colleges, which commits students to teaching in their home province. Using a triple difference method, we find that teaching majors obtain better students due to the conditional grants. Exploring the heterogeneous treatment effects across regions, the policy effects not only increase as the costs of living during college decrease, but are larger in provinces with larger shares of disadvantaged students – i.e. rural, female, rural female, and with more siblings. These results suggest that the Chinese free teacher education program successfully attracts high quality students into the teaching force, and these high quality teacher trainees are likely to be credit constrained.

Keywords: conditional grants, teacher quality, China

JEL Classification: P36, H52, H75

Suggested Citation

Han, Li and Xie, Jiaxin, Can Conditional Grants Attract Better Students: Evidence from Chinese Normal Universities (March 1, 2015). HKUST IEMS Working Paper No. 2015-14, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2607779 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2607779

Li Han

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