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Changing Preschool Enrolments in Post-Socialist Central Asia: Causes and Implications

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  • Lisa Giddings

    (Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 1725 State Street, La Crosse, WI 54601, USA. 608.785.5297. http://www.uwlax.edu/faculty/giddings/)

  • Mieke Meurs

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    (American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016, USA.)

  • Tilahun Temesgen

    (The World Bank, 1818 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20433, USA. Phone: (202). 473-9181)

Abstract

Preschool can contribute importantly to human capital development, especially among poor children. In socialist countries, preschool enrolment rates have declined since transition. We examine changed preschool enrolment in Kyrgyzstan. We evaluate demand- and supply-side explanations for changing enrolments, and use household survey data to develop a simple, logit model of preschool attendance. We find that access plays the most important role in attendance, despite an apparent excess capacity in preschools at the national level. However, economic and cultural factors also have a significant impact on household decisions to send a child to preschool. Comparative Economic Studies (2007) 49, 81–100. doi:10.1057/palgrave.ces.8100178

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Article provided by Palgrave Macmillan in its journal Comparative Economic Studies.

Volume (Year): 49 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 81-100

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  1. Tilman Brück & Damir Esenaliev & Antje Kroeger & Alma Kudebayeva & Bakhrom Mirkasimov & Susan Steiner, 2012. "Household Survey Data for Research on Well-Being and Behavior in Central Asia," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1257, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
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  3. Maria S. Floro & Mieke Meurs, 2010. "Gender Equality at the Heart of Decent Work," Working Papers 2010-01, American University, Department of Economics.
  4. Habibov, Nazim N., 2012. "Does childcare have an impact on the quality of parent–child interaction? Evidence from post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 34(12), pages 2367-2373.
  5. Habibov, Nazim, 2012. "Early childhood care and education attendance in Central Asia," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 34(4), pages 798-806.

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