Does an Intra-Household Flypaper Effect Exist? Evidence from the Educational Fee Reduction Reform in Rural China
50 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2009
Date Written: November 2008
In this paper, I test for evidence of an intra-household flypaper effect by evaluating the impact of an educational fee reduction reform in rural China on different categories of household expenditures, including spending on individual children. Using data that pre- and post-dated the reform, I exploit cohort comparisons, the variation in the extent of educational fee reductions across different villages, and variation in the transfers received by children enrolled in different grades within the same family to identify the impacts of the reform. I find that educational fee reductions were matched by increased voluntary educational spending on the same children receiving fee reductions, providing strong evidence of an intra-household flypaper effect.
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By Mala Lalvani