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Centralized Deployment and Teacher Incentives: Evidence from Reforms in Rural China

Authors Han, Li View this author's profile
Liu, Mingxing
An, Xuehui
Issue Date 2017
Source Economic Development and Cultural Change , v. 65, (2), January 2017, p. 297-337
Summary This article evaluates teacher deployment centralization reform in the context of rural China. The administration of regular teacher deployment has been gradually moved from the township (or local school district) up to the county government since 2001. We exploit variations in the timing of deployment centralization and use as a comparison group contract teachers who were not directly affected. Data collected from Gansu Province in 2000 and 2004 show that deployment centralization negatively affected teacher effort and student test scores. Changes in wage structure suggest a likely channel: the implementation of localized performance pay was disrupted by the centralization of teacher deployment.
ISSN 0013-0079
Language English
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