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International Development

FSI researchers consider international development from a variety of angles. They analyze ideas such as how public action and good governance are cornerstones of economic prosperity in Mexico and how investments in high school education will improve China’s economy.

They are looking at novel technological interventions to improve rural livelihoods, like the development implications of solar power-generated crop growing in Northern Benin.

FSI academics also assess which political processes yield better access to public services, particularly in developing countries. With a focus on health care, researchers have studied the political incentives to embrace UNICEF’s child survival efforts and how a well-run anti-alcohol policy in Russia affected mortality rates.

FSI’s work on international development also includes training the next generation of leaders through pre- and post-doctoral fellowships as well as the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program.

Recent Scholarly Publications

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Unpacking Teacher Professional Development

April 2017

Abstract: Despite massive investments in teacher professional development (PD) programs in developing countries, there is little evidence on their effectiveness.

The Gender Gap in Math Performance, Self-Concept, and Anxiety: Rural and Urban China in an International Context

February 2017

Abstract: Evidence from developed countries shows that there is a significant gender gap in STEM occupations. Girls may begin to underperform in math early as primary school.

The Impact of Teacher Professional Development Programs on Student Achievement in Rural China

February 2017

Abstract:There is a significant gap in academic achievement between rural and urban students in China.

Absolute versus Comparative Advantage: Consequences for Gender Gaps in STEM and College Access

February 2017

ABSTRACT We examine the impact of the competitive “STEM track choice”—a defining institutional feature of a number of national education systems—on gender gaps in STEM majors and college access....

Rural Chinese Caregiver Attitudes, Parenting Behavior, and Developmental Delays in Children Aged 18-30 Months: Findings from Poor Counties

November 2016

Abstract:The absence of good parenting practices may affect children’s cognitive and motor development.

Parental Attitudes, Behavior and Developmental Delays in Children Aged 18-30 Months: Evidence from Rural China

November 2016

Abstract:The first years of life comprise a critical developmental period that has implications for lifelong outcomes.

Pay by Design: Teacher Performance Pay Design and the Distribution of Student Achievement

November 2016

Abstract:We present results of a randomized trial testing alternative approaches of mapping student achievement into rewards for teachers.

Can Bureaucrats Really Be Paid like CEOs? School Administrator Incentives for Anemia Reduction in Rural China

November 2016

Abstract:A large literature examines performance pay for managers in the private sector, but little is known about performance pay for managers in public sector bureaucracies.

Ability Tracking and Social Capital in China's Rural Secondary School System

November 2016

Abstract:The goal of this paper is describe and analyze the relationship between ability tracking and student social capital, in the context of poor students in developing countries.

The New Rural Social Pension Program in Rural China: Participation and its Correlates

October 2016

Abstract:Purpose The need for a universal rural pension system has been heightened by demographic changes in rural China, including the rapid aging of the nation’s rural population and a dramatic...

Adult child migration and elderly parental health in rural China

October 2016

Abstract:PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to evaluate the effect of adult children migration on the health status of elderlyparents.

Impact of Free Glasses and a Teacher Incentive on Children's Use of Eyeglasses: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial

October 2016

Abstract:PurposeTo study the effect of free glasses combined with teacher incentives on in-school glasses wear among Chinese urban migrant children.DesignCluster-randomized controlled trial...

Trends and determinants of rural residential solid waste collection services in China

October 2016

Abstract:PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to describe the trends in residential solid waste collection (RSWC) services in rural China over the past decade and analyze the determinants of these...

Safety of Spectacles for Children's Vision: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial

October 2016

Abstract:PurposeTo study safety of children's glasses in rural China, where fear that glasses harm vision is an important barrier for families and policy makers.DesignExploratory analysis from a...

Who are China's Rural Clinicians?

October 2016

Abstract:PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to measure the turnover (or stability in employment) of village clinicians in rural China over the past decade.

Teaching to the Tails: Teacher Performance Pay and the Distribution of Student Achievement

October 2016

Abstract:Growing evidence suggests that teachers in developing countries often have weak or misaligned incentives for improving student outcomes.

Unequal Access to College in China: How Far Have Poor, Rural Students Been Left Behind?

October 2016

Abstract:In the 1990s, rural youth from poor counties in China had limited access to college.

The Impact of Vocational Schooling on Human Capital Development in Developing Countries: Evidence from China

October 2016

AbstractA number of developing countries are currently promoting vocational education and training (VET) as a way to build human capital and strengthen economic growth.

More is not always better: evidence from a randomised experiment of computer-assisted learning in rural minority schools in Qinghai

September 2016

Abstract: The education of poor and disadvantaged populations has been a long-standing challenge for education systems in both developed and developing countries.

Pay by Design: Teacher Performance Pay Design and the Distribution of Student Achievement

July 2016

Abstract: We present results of a randomized trial testing alternative approaches of mapping student achievement into rewards for teachers.

Who Drops Out From Primary Schools in China? Evidence From Minority-Concentrated Rural Areas

May 2016

Abstract: One of the Millennium Development Goals is to ensure universal access to primary education by 2015. However, primary school dropout remains a challenge in many developing countries.

Order Matters: The Effect of Second-Wave Migration on Student Academic Performance in Northwest China

May 2016

Abstract: The migration of hundreds of millions of workers from the Chinese countryside to the city has created a generation of Left Behind Children (or LBCs), who now number more than 60 million....

Effect of Parental Migration on the Academic Performance of Left-behind Children in Northwestern China

May 2016

Abstract:China’s rapid development and urbanization has induced large numbers of rural residents to migrate from their homes in the countryside to urban areas in search of higher wages.

Implementation of Teacher Training in China and Its Policy Implications

May 2016

Abstract:This study describes the current teacher training system in China, including the prevalence of teacher training, the types of training, training content and the ways that training is...

People

Grant Miller Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Prashant Loyalka Center Fellow
Di Mo Postdoc Fellow
Linxiu Zhang Director, REAP-China
Johan Swinnen Affiliate
Xiaopeng Pang Affiliate
Hongmei Yi Program Manager, REAP-China
Xinxin Chen Affiliate
Chengfang Liu Program Manager, REAP-China
Thomas Glauben Affiliate
Sean Sylvia Affiliated Faculty
Renfu Luo Program Manager, REAP-China