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Effect of Migration on Children's Educational Performance in Rural China

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  • Xinxin Chen

    (College of Economics, Zhejiang Gongshang University, 149 Jiaogong Road, Hangzhou 310035, China)

  • Qiuqiong Huang

    (Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, 1994 Buford Avenue, St Paul, MN 55108, USA)

  • Scott Rozelle

    (Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford University, Encina Hall East, E301, Stanford, CA 94305, USA)

  • Yaojiang Shi

    (School of Economics and Management, Northwest University, 1 XueFu Road, Xi'an 710127, China)

  • Linxiu Zhang

    (Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No. Jia 11, Datun Road, Anwai, Beijing 100101, China)

Abstract

Migration is one of the main ways of alleviating poverty in developing countries, including China. However, there are concerns about the potential negative effects of migration on the educational achievement of the children that are left behind in villages when one or both of their parents out-migrate to cities. This paper examines changes in school performance before and after the parents of students out-migrate. Surprisingly, we find that there is no significant negative effect of migration on school performance. In fact, we find that educational performance improves in migrant households in which the father out-migrates. Comparative Economic Studies (2009) 51, 323–343. doi:10.1057/ces.2008.44; published online 21 May 2009

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  • Xinxin Chen & Qiuqiong Huang & Scott Rozelle & Yaojiang Shi & Linxiu Zhang, 2009. "Effect of Migration on Children's Educational Performance in Rural China," Comparative Economic Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Association for Comparative Economic Studies, vol. 51(3), pages 323-343, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:compes:v:51:y:2009:i:3:p:323-343
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