Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Money is Not Everything: Problems in Rural Education Reforms

Stanford ChinaRains (http://chinarains.blogspot.com)

Money is Not Everything: Problems in Rural Education Reforms
Keywords: rural education, reform, China

Speaker : Han, Li
Shorenstein Post-doctoral Fellow
Asia-Pacific Research Center
Stanford University

Thursday, Feb 5, 7:00-9:00pm
Nairobi Room, Graduate Community Center
750 Escondido Road, Stanford, CA 94305
Location Map: http://campus-map.stanford.edu/index.cfm?ID=10-590
Working language: Chinese

Outline of the Talk
China launched the reforms in 2001 to shift financial burdens of rural schools from xiang-level (town) to county-level. The goal is to ensure adequate educational inputs in poor areas. Despite the well-meant policy changes, financial centralization brings unpleasant impacts in some places. It likely occasions centralization of personnel deployment. Using data collected in Gansu, we find that, centralizing teacher deployment tends to reduce teachers' effort; students academic outcomes decline even though regular teachers enjoyed better pay. Explorations into wage structure and teacher allocation suggest that personnel intervention from county government generates more noises in teachers' performance evaluation and thus hinders xiang educational officers from implementing performance-based pay.

Bio. Of Han Li
Li Han is currently Shorenstein post-doctoral fellow at the Asia-Pacific Research Center in Stanford University. She received her Ph.D. in economics at Harvard University in June 2008. Her research focuses on political economy of dictatorships and public policy issues in developing countries.

Ling Yang, Tianjue Luo
ChinaRains at Stanford University

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