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

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Chengfang Liu

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Hongmei Yi

School of Advanced Agricultural Sciences, Peking University

Renfu Luo

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

YunLi Bai

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Linxiu Zhang

Chinese Academy of Sciences - Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy

Yaojiang Shi

Shaanxi Normal University

Wang Huan

Independent

James Chu

Stanford University, Department of Sociology, Students; Stanford University - Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Scott Rozelle

Stanford University - Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Liu, Chengfang and Yi, Hongmei and Luo, Renfu and Bai, YunLi and Zhang, Linxiu and Shi, Yaojiang and Huan, Wang and Chu, James and Rozelle, Scott, The Effect of Early Commitment of Financial Aid on Matriculation to Senior High School Among Poor Junior High Students in Rural China (2012). REAP - Rural Edcuation Action Project, Working Paper 254, January 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2938388 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2938388

Chengfang Liu

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) ( email )

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

Hongmei Yi (Contact Author)

School of Advanced Agricultural Sciences, Peking University ( email )

Room 412, Wangkezhen Buidling, Peking Unviersity
Beijing, 100871
China

Renfu Luo

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

Building 917, Datun Road
Beijing 100101
China

YunLi Bai

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

Yaojiang Shi

Shaanxi Normal University ( email )

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

Wang Huan

Independent ( email )

No Address Available

James Chu

Stanford University, Department of Sociology, Students ( email )

Stanford
United States

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

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Scott Rozelle

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

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

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