Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/121976
Authors: 
Sicular, Terry
Yang, Juan
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
CIBC Working Paper Series 2015-2
Abstract: 
During the Cultural Revolution China embarked on a remarkable, albeit temporary, expansion of post-primary education in rural areas. This education expansion affected tens of millions of children who reached secondary school age in the late 1960s and 1970s. Exploiting the education expansion and variation across birth cohorts, we estimate the returns to schooling in rural China using household survey data from the mid-1990s. Our estimated returns of 11 to 20 percent are substantially higher than most previous estimates. We calculate the impact of the education expansion on subsequent labor market outcomes of the affected cohorts and find that they enjoyed significantly higher earnings than pre- and post-expansion cohorts.
Subjects: 
education expansion
secondary education
returns to schooling
rural China
Cultural Revolution
JEL: 
I21
I28
J24
J31
O15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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