The Impact of a National Early Childhood Development Program on Future Schooling Attainment: Evidence from ICDS in India

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Arindam Nandi

The Population Council; The Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP)

Jere Behrman

University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics

Ramanan Laxminarayan

Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy; The Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP); Princeton University

Date Written: January 22, 2016

Abstract

Evidence on the long-term benefits of early-life interventions remains inadequate in developing countries. In this paper, we evaluate the effect of India’s Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), a national program of supplementary nutrition and health services, on schooling. Using national survey data and employing age-state and village or city ward fixed-effect regression, we find that non-migrant 15- to 54-year-old men and 15- to 49-year-old women who were exposed to an ICDS center during the first three years of life completed 0.1–0.3 more grades of schooling than those who were not exposed. The effect is stronger among women than men.

Keywords: India; ICDS; Intergrated Child Development Services; nutrition; child development; education

JEL Classification: I25, I15, I18

Suggested Citation

Nandi, Arindam and Behrman, Jere R. and Laxminarayan, Ramanan and Laxminarayan, Ramanan, The Impact of a National Early Childhood Development Program on Future Schooling Attainment: Evidence from ICDS in India (January 22, 2016). Economics Development and Cultural Change, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2706964 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2706964

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