The Effect of Early Commitment of Financial Aid on Matriculation to Senior High School Among Poor Junior High Students in Rural China
REAP - Rural Edcuation Action Project, Working Paper 254, January 2013
55 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2017
Date Written: 2012
Students from poor, rural areas of China receive less secondary schooling than their urban peers in part because of high direct and opportunity costs. This study uses a randomized controlled trial to estimate the effectiveness of providing early commitment for financial aid (ECFA) in mitigating secondary schooling costs among poor ninth graders (eight months before their graduation). We find that the likelihood of attending senior high school increases by 9.7 percentage points among ECFA recipients. However, ECFA does not measurably increase student academic performance, reduce dropout, or increase self-esteem.
Keywords: Asia, China, early commitment for financial aid, randomized controlled trial, high school matriculation
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