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Girls now have more schooling on average than boys in the People’s Republic of China, reversing the age-old tradition of sons being better educated than daughters. One driver of change is China’s rapid economic growth over the past several decades, which has raised female literacy and living standards, leading to females receiving more schooling. Government policies limiting families to just one child and requiring them to send all children to school are also major factors. Kathleen McGarry and Xiaoting Sun of UCLA explain the factors contributing to the change in trend. Read the transcript Read the working paper About the authors Kathleen McGarry is a professor and vice chair in the Department of Economics at UCLA and a research associate at National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Xiaoting Sun is a PhD candidate in the Department of Economics at UCLA. Know more about ADBI’s work

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