This paper analyzes recent household survey data from Gansu, a less developed province in Northwest China, to examine school attainment in a poor rural area of China. Censored ordered probit regressions are used to estimate the determinants of years of schooling. Child nutritional status, as measured by height-for-age Z-scores, and household income have positive effects on completed years of schooling. Mothers’ education and attitudes toward children's education also have strong effects.
Zhao, M.; Glewwe, P. What determines basic school attainment in developing countries? Evidence from rural China. Economics of Education Review (2010) 29 (3) 451-460. [DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2009.10.008]