Author (Your Name)

Yilei Bao, Colby CollegeFollow

Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis (Open Access)


Colby College. Economics Dept.


Robert Lester

Second Advisor

Lindsey Novak


I analyze the effect of exposure to Chinese import competition on school revenues per student from property tax, from local sources, and school expenditures per student in 676 Commuting Zones (CZ) from 1990 to 2007. I discover a negative relationship on the CZ level between exposure per worker to Chinese import competition and school expenditure per student, as well as school revenue per student from local sources. In contrast, impact on school revenue per student from property tax is not statistically significant. On average, in a given period, an increase of 1000 dollars in import exposure is related to a decrease of 210.4 dollars in school expenditure per student and a reduction of 83.15 dollars in school revenue per student from local sources. In addition, different CZs face unequal levels of exposure, which eventually lead to differences in student outcomes.


Public School, Property Tax, China, Trade, School Revenue, School Expenditure