Do College Graduates Serving as Village Officials Help Rural China?

Published on: 2016-12-07

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Do College Graduates Serving as Village Officials Help Rural China?


HKUST IEMS Working Paper No. 2016-39

Guojun HE; Shaoda WANG



This study estimates the effect of improved bureaucrat quality on poverty alleviation by
exploring a unique human capital reallocation policy in China -- the “College Graduate
Village Officials” (CGVOs) program. We find that introducing CGVOs into the village
governance system improves the targeting and implementation of central
government’s social assistance programs. CGVOs help eligible poor households
understand and apply for relevant subsidies, thus increase the number of pro-poor
program beneficiaries. Further analysis suggests that CGVOs improve the quality rather
than the quantity of village bureaucrats, and their presence reduces elite capture of
pro-poor programs.



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