Government Education Expenditures, Pre-Primary Education and School Performance: A Cross-Country Analysis

26 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2018

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Daniela Del Boca

University of Turin - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centre for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic Economics (CHILD)

Chiara Monfardini

University of Bologna - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Sarah Grace See

Department of Economics, Econometrics and Finance

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Date Written: February 2018

Abstract

Using data from OECD's PISA, Eurostat and World Bank's WDI, we explore how child cognitive outcomes at the aggregate country level are related to macroeconomic conditions, specifically government education expenditures and early education experience. We find that both government expenditures in educationand attendance to early child care are associated with better later school performance. We also consider different childcare characteristics such as duration and quality, which appear to have significant effects Our results may imply that policies encouraging childcare expansion should also take into account quality issues.

Suggested Citation

Del Boca, Daniela and Monfardini, Chiara and See, Sarah Grace, Government Education Expenditures, Pre-Primary Education and School Performance: A Cross-Country Analysis (February 2018). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP12756. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3134407

Daniela Del Boca (Contact Author)

University of Turin - Department of Economics ( email )

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Chiara Monfardini

University of Bologna - Department of Economics ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Germany

Sarah Grace See

Department of Economics, Econometrics and Finance ( email )

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Groningen, 9747 AE
Netherlands

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