Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/96912
Authors: 
Cantoni, Davide
Chen, Yuyu
Yang, David Y.
Yuchtman, Noam
Zhang, Y. Jane
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 4779
Abstract: 
We study the causal effect of school curricula on students’ stated beliefs and attitudes. We exploit a major textbook reform in China that was rolled out between 2004 and 2010 with the explicit intention of shaping youths’ ideology. To measure its effect, we present evidence from a novel survey we conducted among 2000 students at Peking University. The sharp, staggered introduction of the new curriculum across provinces allows us to identify the effects of the new educational content in a generalized difference in differences framework. We examine government documents articulating desired consequences of the reform, and identify changes in textbook content and college entrance exams that reflect the government’s aims. These changes were often effective: study under the new curriculum is robustly associated with changed views on political participation and democracy in China, increased trust in government officials, and a more skeptical view of free markets.
Subjects: 
schooling curricula
indoctrination
ideology
beliefs
China
JEL: 
I21
I28
P36
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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