What is the Added Value of Preschool for Poor Children? Long-Term and Intergenerational Impacts and Interactions with an Infant Health Intervention

64 Pages Posted: 3 Oct 2016

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Maya Rossin-Slater

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) - Department of Economics

Miriam Wüst

The Danish National Centre for Social Research

Date Written: September 2016

Abstract

We study the impact of preschool targeted at children from low-income families over the life cycle and across generations, and examine its interaction with an infant health intervention. Using Danish administrative data with variation in the timing of program implementation over 1933-1960, we find lasting benefits of access to preschool on adult educational attainment, earnings, and survival beyond age 65. We also show that children of women exposed to preschool obtain more education by age 25. However, exposure to nurse home visiting in infancy reduces the added value of preschool. This result implies that the programs serve as partial substitutes.

Suggested Citation

Rossin-Slater, Maya and Wüst, Miriam, What is the Added Value of Preschool for Poor Children? Long-Term and Intergenerational Impacts and Interactions with an Infant Health Intervention (September 2016). NBER Working Paper No. w22700, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2846936

Maya Rossin-Slater (Contact Author)

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) - Department of Economics ( email )

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Miriam Wüst

The Danish National Centre for Social Research ( email )

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