Does Having a Cadre Parent Pay? Evidence from the First Job Offers of Chinese College Graduates
28 Pages Posted: 23 May 2011 Last revised: 12 Mar 2012
Date Written: May 22, 2011
We estimate the wage premium associated with having a cadre parent in China using a recent survey of college graduates carried out by the authors. The wage premium of having a cadre parent is 15 percent, and this premium cannot be explained by other observables such as college entrance exam scores, quality of colleges and majors, a full set of college human capital attributes, and job characteristics. These results suggest that the remaining premium could be the true wage premium of having a cadre parent.
Keywords: Inter-generational Transfer, Political Status, College Education, China
JEL Classification: E24, I25, J62, P36
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