The Short- and Long-Run Effects of Affirmative Action: Evidence from Imperial China
19 November 2021, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
A SSEES CCSEE seminar with Dr Melanie Meng Xue (LSE)
This event is free.
In this online seminar, Dr Xue will present her work on the effect of affirmative action policies in imperial China on human capital accumulation, social mobility and regional inequalities. Qing China used an examination system to select government officials. The paper examines a policy reform in 1712 which allowed individuals from underrepresented provinces to pass the exam with lower scores. The reform led to an increase in successful candidates in underrepresented provinces. The findings show that such gains were concentrated among prefectures with the greatest advantage in imperial exams prior to the reform, resulting in intra-provincial inequalities that persisted over decades.