To Board or Not to Board: Evidence from Nutrition, Health and Education Outcomes of Students in Rural China

15 Pages Posted: 18 May 2016

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Wang Ai Qin

Northwest University (China) - School of Economics and Management

Alexis Medina

Stanford University

Renfu Luo

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

Yaojiang Shi

Shaanxi Normal University

Ai Yue

Northwest University (China)

Date Written: May–June 2016

Abstract

The debate over whether boarding school is beneficial for students still exists in both developing and developed countries. In rural China, as a result of a national school merger program that began in 2001, the number of boarding students has increased dramatically. Little research has been done, however, to measure how boarding status may be correlated with nutrition, health and educational outcomes. In this paper, we compare the outcomes of boarding to those of non‐boarding students using a large, aggregate dataset that includes 59 rural counties across five provinces in China. We find that for all outcomes boarding students perform worse than non‐boarding students. Despite these differences, the absolute levels of all outcomes are low for both boarding and non‐boarding students, indicating a need for new policies that will target all rural students regardless of their boarding status.

Keywords: boarding students, education, health, nutrition, rural China

JEL Classification: I10, I20, Q00

Suggested Citation

Qin, Wang Ai and Medina, Alexis and Luo, Renfu and Shi, Yaojiang and Yue, Ai, To Board or Not to Board: Evidence from Nutrition, Health and Education Outcomes of Students in Rural China (May–June 2016). China & World Economy, Vol. 24, Issue 3, pp. 52-66, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2781275 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cwe.12158

Wang Ai Qin

Northwest University (China) - School of Economics and Management ( email )

Xian, Shaanxi 029
China

Alexis Medina (Contact Author)

Stanford University ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Renfu Luo

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

Building 917, Datun Road
Beijing 100101
China

Yaojiang Shi

Shaanxi Normal University ( email )

Chang'an Chang'an District
199 South Road
Xi'an, Shaanxi Province 710062
China

Ai Yue

Northwest University (China) ( email )

229 Taibai North Rd
Beilin
Xian, Shaanxi
China

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