Cross-Productivities of Executive Functions: Evidence from a Field Experiment
68 Pages Posted: 22 Feb 2023
Preschool programs can have lasting effects on education and labor market outcomes, but we have limited knowledge of what skills these programs should target. Executive functions at school-start predict academic success, yet we do not know if preschool program-induced improvements in executive functions boost achievement in primary school. by combining experimental data with a skill-building model, we find that preschool program-induced improvements in executive functions led to improvements in mathematical and language skills in primary school. This finding suggests a dynamic complementarity: Preschool investments in executive functions increase the effectiveness of primary school investments in promoting mathematical and language skills.
Keywords: Executive Functions, Preschool, Cross-Productivities, Dynamic Complementarity, Randomized Controlled Trial
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