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The Cultural Origins of Educational Success

Thursday 12 November 2020, 1.00PM to 2:00pm

Speaker(s): Thang Dang

Location: on line

Admission: Abstract: I exploit exogenous variation in regional exposure to Confucian cultural heritage drawing on a unique historical evolution in Vietnam and employ a spatial regression discontinuity design to estimate the causal effect of culture on educational success. My results show that exposure to Confucian cultural heritage raises schooling years and degree achievement for adults as well as school enrollment and test scores for children. I also provide evidence to suggest that these effects work through persistent positive cultural values towards schooling and increased human capital investments. Confucian cultural heritage also ameliorates the intergenerational educational mobility.