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The achievement and course-taking effects of magnet schools: Regression-discontinuity evidence from urban China

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  • Dee, Thomas
  • Lan, Xiaohuan

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We examine the effects of attending elite magnet schools on the subsequent academic performance of high-school students in urban China. Using a novel data set of the students who entered high school from 2006 to 2008 in a Chinese city, our fuzzy regression discontinuity estimates exploit the threshold values of the high school entrance exam scores. Passing the thresholds significantly reduces the financial cost and raises the probability of attending a magnet school. However, attending such an elite school does not meaningfully improve the academic performance of the marginal student.

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  • Dee, Thomas & Lan, Xiaohuan, 2015. "The achievement and course-taking effects of magnet schools: Regression-discontinuity evidence from urban China," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 47(C), pages 128-142.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecoedu:v:47:y:2015:i:c:p:128-142
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2015.05.007
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    1. Zhang, Hongliang, 2016. "Identification of treatment effects under imperfect matching with an application to Chinese elite schools," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 142(C), pages 56-82.
    2. repec:eee:jcecon:v:46:y:2018:i:2:p:568-581 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    Magnet school; Regression discontinuity design; China;

    JEL classification:

    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • I24 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Inequality

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