Access to Preprimary Education and Progression in Primary School: Evidence from Rural Guatemala

30 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 2013

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Paulo Bastos

Technical University of Lisbon (UTL) - Research Unit on Complexity and Economics (UECE); ISEG Lisbon School of Economics and Management,Universidade de Lisboa

Nicolas L. Bottan

Cornell University - Department of Policy Analysis and Management

Julian Cristia

Inter-American Development Bank

Date Written: December 2012

Abstract

Evidence on the impacts of a large-scale expansion in public preprimary education is limited and mostly circumscribed to high and middle-income countries. This paper estimates the effects of such an expansion on progression in primary school in rural communities of Guatemala. Combining administrative and population census data in a difference-in-difference framework, the paper examines a large-scale construction program that increased the number of preprimaries from around 5,300 to 11,500 between 1998 and 2005. The results indicate that the program increased by 2. 1 percentage points the fraction of students that progress adequately and attend sixth grade by age 12. These positive effects are heavily concentrated among girls.

JEL Classification: I21, I28

Suggested Citation

Bastos, Paulo and Bottan, Nicolas Luis and Cristia, Julian, Access to Preprimary Education and Progression in Primary School: Evidence from Rural Guatemala (December 2012). IDB Working Paper No. IDB-WP-377, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2234317 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2234317

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