Magnet High Schools and Academic Performance in China: A Regression Discontinuity Design

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Albert Park

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST); Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - HKUST Institute for Emerging Market Studies (IEMS)

Xinzheng Shi

Tsinghua University - School of Economics & Management

Chang-Tai Hsieh

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business; University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Xuehui An

Government of the People's Republic of China - National Center for Education Development Research

Date Written: June 1, 2014

Abstract

This paper investigates the impact of high school quality on students’ educational attainment using a regression discontinuity research design based on entrance examination score thresholds that strictly determine admission to the best high schools. Using data from rural counties in Western China, we find that attending a magnet school significantly increases students’ college entrance examination scores and the probability of being admitted to college.

Keywords: magnet high school, regression discontinuity design, academic performance

JEL Classification: I21, I28, O53

Suggested Citation

Park, Albert and Shi, Xinzheng and Hsieh, Chang-Tai and An, Xuehui, Magnet High Schools and Academic Performance in China: A Regression Discontinuity Design (June 1, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2607417 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2607417

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