【Seminar 379预告】罗赛(上海财经大学)

摘要题目:Curriculum, Political Participation, and Career Choice

题目:Curriculum, Political Participation, and Career Choice





Sai Luo is an Assistant Professor at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, School of Economics. His research interests are labor and development economics. He obtained his Ph.D. from University of Maryland, College Park, and was a student affiliate at Maryland Population Research Center. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Tsinghua University.


We investigate the causal impact of curriculum on students' political participation and career choices. Building upon an influential study, we exploit China's staggered adoption of a high-school curriculum reform as a natural experiment. Our analysis draws from a nationally representative survey of college students spanning the years 2010 to 2015. We find that students exposed to the new curriculum are 3 percentage points more likely to become party members. Studying under the new curriculum boosts the probability of launching a job in the public sector post-graduation by 6 percentage points while reducing the likelihood of pursuing graduate studies. We offer supportive evidence that students also adapt their time allocation in college and redirect human capital investments toward skills presumed to be more valuable in the public sector.