ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

The Impact of Education in China, (2011-2014)

Strategic Research Area

Sustainable Business Development in Regional Australia

Improving Rural Livelihoods and Environments in Developing Countries



Investigators/ Researchers

Prof John Hicks (project leader), A/Prof PK Basu & Dr Christopher Sherley, CSU


This project sought to quantify the impact of government education expenditure on Total Factor Productivity (TFP) in China by using appropriate panel data based on official statistics drawn from China's provinces. A methodology for calculating TFP was established and utilized in refereed publications in 2010 and 2011. The research made use of newly available data on capital stock in China and extend the previous work.


Hicks, J., Basu, P.K. & Sappey, R.B. (2012) 'Regional diversity in growth performance in China', International Journal of Value Chain Management. 6(1), pp.35-46.

Hicks, J., Basu, P.K. & Sherley, C. (2012) 'The Role of Education in Determining Growth in Total Factor Productivity: Evidence from the provinces of China'. Paper presented to the 41st Annual Conference of Regional Science Association International: British and Irish Section, J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, 28-30 August


Encourage government officials in China to continue to expand educational opportunities in regional areas – especially in Central China and Eastern China as well as to encourage greater access to global markets and Foreign Direct Investment in these regions.

Prof John Hicks
Charles Sturt University – Albury

March 2015