The Spillover Benefits of Expanding Access to Preschool

49 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2018 Last revised: 10 Mar 2019

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Breyon Williams

University of South Carolina - Department of Economics

Date Written: March 7, 2019

Abstract

I ask do spillover benefits exist from preschool. I exploit district and time variation in access to a state preschool program (CDEP) that targets disadvantaged four-year-olds (those eligible for free or reduced-price lunch or Medicaid). Using a difference-in-differences design, I estimate the effects by CDEP-eligibility status of CDEP exposure (residing in a CDEP district after launch at age four) on test scores. I find that CDEP benefits its targeted population and increases the math and reading scores of exposed, CDEP-ineligible students by about 0.13 and 0.14 standard deviations, respectively. These spillover effects may stem, in whole or in part, from improvements to classroom decorum via fewer behavioral disruptions.

Keywords: early childhood education, peer effects, preschool

JEL Classification: I21, I24

Suggested Citation

Williams, Breyon, The Spillover Benefits of Expanding Access to Preschool (March 7, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3297913 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3297913

Breyon Williams (Contact Author)

University of South Carolina - Department of Economics ( email )

Columbia, SC
United States

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