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Better Cognition, Better School Performance? Evidence from Primary Schools in China

April 2019

Although students in rural and migrant schools in China generally have not performed well, a share of each cohort has been able to thrive in school and to test into academic high school and college...

International Student Networks as Transnational Social Capital: Illustrations from Japan

April 2019

This paper examines how social isolation in a non-Anglophone context where English is not the main language of instruction for local students but is for international students, has unintended...

Past Successes and Future Challenges in Rural China’s Human Capital

March 2019

This paper describes the current level of human capital in China and seeks to identify a number of education-related challenges that may slow down the nation’s economy from transitioning to high...

Computer Science Skills Across China, India, Russia, and the United States

March 2019

We assess and compare computer science skills among final-year computer science undergraduates (seniors) in four major economic and political powers that produce approximately half of the science,...

Can Bureaucrats Really be Paid like CEOs? Substitution Between Incentives and Resources Among School Administrators in China

February 2019

Unlike performance incentives for private sector managers, little is known about performance incentives for managers in public sector bureaucracies.

Are Infant/Toddler Developmental Delays a Problem Across Rural China?

February 2019

Using the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development-III (BSID-III), we examine the rates of developmental delays among children aged 0–3 years in four major subpopulations of rural China,...

Do Resources Matter? Effects of an In-Class Library Project on Student Independent Reading Habits in Primary Schools in Rural China

December 2018

It is commonly believed that reading challenges should be addressed early to reduce the likelihood that developmental delays will impact students over the long term.

Future Visions: Opportunities and Challenges of Korean Studies in North America

December 2018

On November 1-2, 2018, the two-day conference "Future Visions: Opportunities and Challenges of Korean Studies in North America" was convened by Shorenstein APARC's Korea Program to examine the...

Does Teacher Training Actually Work? Evidence from a Large-Scare Randomized Evaluation of a National Teacher Training Program

December 2018

Despite massive investments in teacher professional development (PD) programs in developing countries, there is little evidence on their effectiveness.

Anemia and Student's Educational Performance in Rural Central China: Prevalence, Correlates, and Impacts.

October 2018

Anemia in children impairs physical growth and cognitive development, reducing their overall human capital accumulation.

Assessing Opportunities for Solar Lanterns to Improve Educational Outcomes in Rural Off-Grid Regions: Challenges and Lessons from a Randomized Controlled Trial

September 2018

Solar lanterns are promoted across rural Sub-Saharan Africa to improve both lighting in homes and educational outcomes.

Teachers' Influence on Purchase and Wear of Children's Glasses in Rural China: The PRICE Study

August 2018

Importance:Uncorrected refractive error causes 90% of poor vision among Chi-nese children.Background:Little is known about teachers' influence on children's glasses wear.Design:Cohort study...

Can Reading Programs Improve Reading Skills and Academic Performance in Rural China?

July 2018

In this paper, we attempt to evaluate the effectiveness of reading programs at improving the reading skills and academic achievement of primary school students in rural China.

Impact of Online Computer Assisted Learning on Education: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in China

June 2018

Education of poor and disadvantaged populations has been a long-standing challenge for education systems in both developed and developing countries.

Human Capital and the Middle Income Trap: How Many of China's Youth Are Going to High School?

June 2018

The objective of this paper is to assess the nature of China’s human capital.

Revisiting the Role of Human Capital in Development: Discussion

June 2018

This special issue is based on a seminar held at the Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO) in 2017, focusing on human capital.

Ability Tracking and Social Trust in China's Rural Secondary School System

June 2018

The goal of this paper is to describe and analyze the relationship between ability tracking and student social trust, in the context of low-income students in developing countries.

China's Invisible Crisis: Cognitive Delays among Rural Toddlers and the Absence of Modern Parenting

June 2018

This article explores the problem of cognitive delays among toddlers in rural China and the role of their caregivers in producing low levels of cognition (i.e., low IQ).

Unequal Access to College in China: How Far Have Poor, Rural Students Been Left Behind?

May 2018

In the 1990s, rural youth from poor counties in China had limited access to college.

Effect of a Local Vision Care Center on Eyeglasses Use and School Performance in Rural China A Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial

May 2018

Can a county-based vision center increase eyeglasses use and improve school performance among primary schoolchildren in rural China?

The Long-Term Spillover Effects of Changes in the Return to Schooling

April 2018

We study the short and long-term spillover effects of a pay reform that substantially increased the returns to schooling in Israeli kibbutzim.

How Much Should We Trust Estimates from Multiplicative Interaction Models? Simple Tools to Improve Empirical Practice

April 2018

Multiplicative interaction models are widely used in social science to examine whether the relationship between an outcome and an independent variable changes with a moderating variable.

Contract Teachers and Student Achievement in Rural China - Evidence from Class Fixed Effects

April 2018

For schooling to play an important role in the development of human capital, the system of education needs to provide quality education, which among other things requires high-quality teachers....

Assessing the Quality of Upper-Secondary Vocational Education and Training: Evidence from China

March 2018

An increasing number of policymakers in developing countries have made the mass expansion of upper-secondary vocational education and training (VET) a top priority.

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Prashant Loyalka Center Fellow, Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Education
Portrait of Yong Suk Lee Yong Suk Lee Center Fellow
Alex Stamos Adjunct Professor Visiting Scholar, Hoover Institution, Director, Stanford Internet Observatory
Portrait of Gi-Wook Shin Gi-Wook Shin Senior Fellow Professor, Sociology
W. Richard Scott Professor, Sociology, Emeritus
Deborah L. Rhode Professor, Law
John Meyer Professor, Sociology, Emeritus
Francisco Ramirez Professor, Education
David Freyberg Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
Martin Carnoy Professor, Education
Kenji E. Kushida Research Scholar at APARC
Jun Wang Program Administrator, REAP-China