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

25 Pages Posted: 8 May 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: March 14, 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 education and 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.

Keywords: early childcare and education, school performance, test scores

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 (March 14, 2018). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 6934. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3172649

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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