Gansu Survey of Children and Families Papers

Title

Education management and performance after rural education finance reform: Evidence from Western China

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

3-31-2009

Comments

Mingxing Liu, Rachel Murphy, Ran Tao, Xuehui An, Education management and performance after rural education finance reform: Evidence from Western China, International Journal of Educational Development, Volume 29, Issue 5, Education and Development in Contemporary China, September 2009, Pages 463-473, ISSN 0738-0593

DOI: 10.1016/j.ijedudev.2009.04.013
URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/B6VD7-4WDNBSV-1/2/4e5089fa37259dbc73a33dec0efa1010

Abstract

Based on a survey of rural school districts in Western China, this essay explores the effects of fiscal centralisation on the relationship between local governance and school district management, most particularly on how managerial power is distributed in the rural education sector. The essay also examines some of the possible effects that changes in managerial arrangements may have on teacher incentives and on educational quality as measured by student test scores. Our analysis suggests that teachers’ incentives and students’ education performance are unlikely to benefit from the excessive centralisation of decision-making power or from incessant horizontal level power struggles among different government bodies.

Keywords

Fiscal centralisation, Teacher incentive, Managerial power

 

Date Posted: 28 October 2009

This document has been peer reviewed.