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Educational expenditure in urban China: income effects, family characteristics and the demand for domestic and overseas education

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  • Joanne Xiaolei Qian
  • Russell Smyth

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Analysing survey data from 32 selected cities across China in 2003, this article examines parents' expenditure on their children's education from two aspects: factors affecting domestic education expenditure and factors affecting expenditure on overseas education. The main findings that emerge from this study are as follows. First, household income has significant effects on the magnitude of the domestic and overseas educational expenditures. Second, households where mothers have senior secondary school or college education, and fathers are working in professional occupations are likely to spend more on education for their children. Third, being in the highest income category, having a college-educated father, having a mother who is a cadre or middle professional and living in a coastal area significantly enhances the probabilities for the households sending their children overseas for education.

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  • Joanne Xiaolei Qian & Russell Smyth, 2011. "Educational expenditure in urban China: income effects, family characteristics and the demand for domestic and overseas education," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 43(24), pages 3379-3394.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:43:y:2011:i:24:p:3379-3394
    DOI: 10.1080/00036841003636292
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    1. Reham Rizk & Hala Abou-Ali, 2016. "Out of Pocket Education Expenditure and Household Budget: Evidence from Arab Countries," Working Papers 996, Economic Research Forum, revised May 2016.
    2. Elif Öznur Acar & Seyit Mümin Cilasun & Burak Günalp, 2016. "An Analysis of Education Expenditures in Turkey by Income Groups," Working Papers 991, Economic Research Forum, revised Apr 2016.
    3. Stuart Cameron, 2012. "Education, Urban Poverty and Migration: Evidence from Bangladesh and Vietnam," Papers inwopa679, Innocenti Working Papers.
    4. Acar, Elif Öznur & Günalp, Burak & Cilasun, Seyit Mümin, 2016. "An empirical analysis of household education expenditures in Turkey," International Journal of Educational Development, Elsevier, vol. 51(C), pages 23-35.

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