Duration and Intensity of Kindergarten Attendance and Secondary School Track Choice

27 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2007 Last revised: 26 Aug 2008

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Tim Landvoigt

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Grit Mühler

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

Friedhelm Pfeiffer

Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW); University of Mannheim - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

This paper investigates the relationship between kindergarten attendance and secondary school track choice in West-Germany. Our analysis is based on a panel of 12 to 14-year olds with information from age two on, drawn from the German SocioEconomic Panel (GSOEP) 1984-2005. We estimate binary probit models to assess the impact of the duration (in years) and the intensity (half-day or full-day) of kindergarten attendance. Our results indicate that kindergarten non-attendance is associated with a significantly lower probability to attend the highest secondary school track ("Gymnasium"). Further, full-day attendance is associated with a decreasing probability of attending the highest secondary school track for every duration of preschool child care. Thus, intensity seems to matter more than duration.

Keywords: kindergarten, preschool education, school placement

JEL Classification: I21, J12, J13

Suggested Citation

Landvoigt, Tim and Mühler, Grit and Pfeiffer, Friedhelm, Duration and Intensity of Kindergarten Attendance and Secondary School Track Choice (2007). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 07-051, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1010289 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1010289

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