Berlinski, S.; Galiani, S.; Gertler, P.; (2006) The effect of pre-primary education on primary school performance. (IFS Working Papers W06/04). Institute for Fiscal Studies: London, UK.
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Although the theoretical case for universal pre-primary education is strong, the empirical foundation is weak. In this paper, we contribute to the empirical case by investigating the effect of a large expansion of universal pre-primary education on subsequent primary school performance in Argentina. We estimate that one year of preprimary school increases average third grade test scores by 8 percent of a mean or by 23 percent of the standard deviation of the distribution of test scores. We also find that preprimary school attendance positively affects student’s self-control in the third grade as measured by behaviors such as attention, effort, class participation, and discipline.
|Type:||Working / discussion paper|
|Title:||The effect of pre-primary education on primary school performance|
|Open access status:||An open access version is available from UCL Discovery|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Economics|
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