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Professor Zheng Lei's presentation on sex composition of sibling and education attainment in China

On April 14, 2014, professor Zheng, Lei, a visiting scholar from Beijing Normal University's Faculty of Education, delivered a presentation titled sex composition of sibling, intra-household resource allocation and educational attainment in China. Published: 4/16/2014 1:47:00 PM

Professor Chen Chao's presentation on staff-faculty ratio in public universities

Professor Chen Chao, a visiting scholar from Naikai University of China, presented his research on the March 3 of 2014. His topic is on the ratio of administrators and administrative staff-to-faculty in public universities and its implications. Published: 3/4/2014 1:00:00 PM

Professor Xia Xue's presentation on quantity and quality of primary and secondary school teacher quality in China

On February 17, 2014, Xia Xue, a visiting scholar from Northeast China Normal University, gave a presentation on the quantity and quality of primary and secondary school teachers in China. Published: 2/17/2014 6:36:00 PM

Professor Zhou Huimei's presentation: the institutional analysis of changes of the mass education museum in Republic of China

On the February 3 of 2014, Zhou Huimei, a visiting scholar from Beijing Normal University's Faculty of Education, gave a presentation on the changes of mass education museum in Republic of China. Published: 2/3/2014 4:15:00 PM

CoCE welcomes visiting scholars and students in the new semester of spring 2014

CoCE welcomes visiting scholars and students in the new semester of spring 2014

Center on Chinese Education is hosting a group of visiting scholars and students for the 2013-2014 academic year, who continue to be present in the spring 2014 semester. Published: 2/1/2014 1:27:00 PM

Professor Sheng Zhengfa's lecture on developing scientific research capacity in China's newly-built four-year colleges

On the afternoon of November 19th, 2012, Professor Zhengfa Sheng, currently an associate professor of Hunan Institute of Humanities, Science and Technology, and a post-doc at National Institute of Education Sciences (NIES), presented a lecture on developing scientific research capacity in China's newly-built four-year colleges. Published: 11/19/2012 1:25:00 PM

A lecture reflecting upon Shanghai's result in PISA 2009 presented by Professor Kong Lingshuai

On the afternoon of November 12th, 2012, Professor Lingshuai Kong presented his reflections on Shanghai's Result in PISA 2009 in our seminar. Published: 11/12/2012 1:10:00 PM

Professor Zheng Lei's presentation on sex composition of sibling and education attainment in China

On April 14, 2014, professor Zheng, Lei, a visiting scholar from Beijing Normal University’s Faculty of Education, delivered a presentation titled sex composition of sibling, intra-household resource allocation and educational attainment in China.  

As introduced, the background of educational stratification by gender motivated his empirical study regarding the impact of sex composition on education attainment. Based on data from Chinese General Social Survey 2008, and for a sample of about 6000 individuals aged above 18 from all China’s provinces except Ningxia, Qinghai and Tibet, he tested four specific hypotheses using regression models:   

(1) Sibling sex composition affect individual’s educational attainment, and such effect is gender asymmetric. This first hypothesis was confirmed. On the one hand, a negative effect of presence of brother in the sibship was found, where as there was a positive effect of the increase of percentage of girls in the sibship. At the same time, detrimental sibship only negatively affected female, while a favorable sibship both benefited male and female. He concluded that these findings are consistent to the budget constraint theory.  

(2) Does sex composition of sibling effect (SSCE) vary by the SES and hukou status of family? According to his analysis, this was partially confirmed.  

(3) Is SSCE waning as the improvement of mother’s status within household? This hypothesis was not confirmed. One explanation he provided is that educational level and/or occupational status may not be a sufficient measurement of mother’s status.  

(4) He also found that SSCE is heterogeneous across cohorts.  

A copy of his presentation can be downloaded from the link below.
http://www.tc.columbia.edu/i/a/document/31232_Zheng-sexcomposition.pdf  
(4/16/2014)