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Scott Rozelle, ‘At Three We Can See the Future: Early Childhood Development and Human Capital Development in Rural China’

December 11, 2019 at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

One of the most fundamental facts of China’s education system is the huge gap between rural and urban children and youth. Despite massive investments into the schooling system, the gap has not narrowed. While there may be many barriers to improving academic performance and attainment, might it be that the children of China are growing up in an environment that is leading to poor levels of cognition, language and non-cognitive skills for a large enough share of the rural population (that still accounts from nearly three out of four children up to 15 years old) that raising the level of human capital during the school years of children is not possible? In this presentation, Scott Rozelle will present the results of a number of papers–all empirical in nature–that will seek to answer this question.

Scott Rozelle holds the Helen Farnsworth Endowed Professorship at Stanford University and is senior fellow and professor in the Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI) for International Studies. Rozelle’s research focuses on the economics of poverty with an emphasis on the economics of education and health. He is the co-director of the Rural Education Action Project (REAP) and is an adjunct professor in eight Chinese universities. In 2008, Rozelle was awarded the Friendship Award, the highest honor that can be endowed on a foreign citizen, by Premiere Wen Jiabao.


December 11, 2019
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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FedEx Global Education Center, DeBerry Board Room 3009
301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States


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