Giving Children a Better Start: Preschool Attendance and School-Age Profiles

41 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2007 Last revised: 14 Nov 2010

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Samuel Berlinski

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) - Research Department

Sebastian Galiani

University of Maryland - Department of Economics

Marco Manacorda

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP); Queen Mary, University of London; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: January 20, 2007

Abstract

We study the effect of pre-primary education on children's subsequent school outcomes by exploiting a unique feature of the Uruguayan household survey (ECH) that collects retrospective information on preschool attendance in the context of a rapid expansion in the supply of preprimary places. Using a within household estimator, we find small gains from preschool attendance at early ages that magnify as children grow up. By age 15, treated children have accumulated 0.8 extra years of education and are 27 percentage points more likely to be in school compared to their untreated siblings. Instrumental variables estimates that control for non random selection of siblings into pre-school lead to similar results. We speculate that early grade repetition harms subsequent school progression and that pre-primary education appears as a successful policy option to prevent early grade failure and its long lasting consequences.

Keywords: Preschool, Pre-primary education, Primary school performance

JEL Classification: I2, J1

Suggested Citation

Berlinski, Samuel and Galiani, Sebastian and Manacorda, Marco and Manacorda, Marco, Giving Children a Better Start: Preschool Attendance and School-Age Profiles (January 20, 2007). William Davidson Institute Working Paper No. 860, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=969231 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.969231

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Sebastian Galiani

University of Maryland - Department of Economics ( email )

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Marco Manacorda

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) ( email )

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Queen Mary, University of London

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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