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

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  • Xinxin Chen

    (Zhejiang Gongshang University)

  • Qiuqiong Huang

    (Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota)

  • Scott Rozelle

    (Stanford University)

  • Yaojiang Shi

    (Northwest University of Xi'an)

  • Linxiu Zhang

    (Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Sciences)

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.

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  • Xinxin Chen & Qiuqiong Huang & Scott Rozelle & Yaojiang Shi & Linxiu Zhang, "undated". "Effect of Migration on Children's Educational Performance in Rural China, The," REAP Papers 22716, Rural Education Action Project at Stanford University.
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