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Long Term Impacts of Compensatory Preschool on Health and Behavior: Evidence from Head Start


Pedro Manuel Carneiro


University College London - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Rita Ginja


Uppsala University


IZA Discussion Paper No. 6315

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This paper provides new estimates of the medium and long-term impacts of Head Start on the health and behavioral problems of its participants. We identify these impacts using discontinuities in the probability of participation induced by program eligibility rules. Our strategy allows us to identify the effect of Head Start for the set of individuals in the neighborhoods of multiple discontinuities, which vary with family size, state and year (as opposed to a smaller set of individuals neighboring a single discontinuity). Participation in the program reduces the incidence of behavioral problems, serious health problems and obesity of male children at ages 12 and 13. It also lowers depression and obesity among adolescents, and reduces engagement in criminal activities for young adults.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 93

Keywords: regression discontinuity design, early childhood development, non-cognitive skills, Head Start

JEL Classification: C21, I28, I38

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Date posted: February 12, 2012  

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Carneiro, Pedro Manuel and Ginja, Rita, Long Term Impacts of Compensatory Preschool on Health and Behavior: Evidence from Head Start. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6315. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2003628

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Pedro Manuel Carneiro (Contact Author)
University College London - Department of Economics ( email )
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
Rita Ginja
Uppsala University ( email )
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