Degree Year

2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Economics

Advisor(s)

Barbara J. Craig
Evan Kresch

Keywords

China, Parents, Children, Education, Tuition

Abstract

This paper studies the effect of lengths of separation between parents and child on the amount of tuition paid for children in China, using the China Family Panel Survey data from 2010, 2012 and 2014. It also studies the factors that affect tuition for rural left-behind children in China such as children's preferences for education, children's characteristics, parents' reasons to give birth, and teacher attributes, with provinces and year fixed effects. I found that mothers or fathers who live with their children for 2 to 4 months in the past year pay statistically significantly more tuition than fathers or mothers who live with their children for any other length of time, with all sets of control variables. Parents who think their children have a good Math or English teacher, parents who think their children have a good work ethic, and parents whose children want more years of education for themselves, also pay statistically significantly more tuition than the rest. In addition, this paper also found that age of children and years of education the children already received are weakly correlated, and each has a statistically significant impact on tuition.

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