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Does the Quality of Pre-primary Education Pay Off in Secondary School? An International Comparison Using PISA 2003

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  • Gabriela Schütz
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    Attendance of pre-primary institutions is positively associated with PISA test scores inmost countries. Several indicators of structural quality of pre-primary education areidentified that can account for the variation in the estimated coefficients on pre-primaryattendance across countries, based on a cross-country student-level specification withcountry fixed effects and interactions between individual pre-primary attendance andcountry-level quality indicators. The association of pre-primary attendance with testscores at age 15 is larger in countries with higher per-pupil spending in pre-primaryeducation, larger shares of children attending privately managed pre-primaryinstitutions, and higher relative pay and higher levels of training of pre-primaryteachers.

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    Paper provided by Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich in its series Ifo Working Paper Series with number Ifo Working Paper No. 68.

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    Date of creation: 2009
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    Keywords: Pre-primary; ISCED 0; kindergarten; educational performance; educational quality; PISA;

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    1. Spiess, C. Katharina & Büchel, Felix & Wagner, Gert G., 2003. "Children's School Placement in Germany: Does Kindergarten Attendance Matter?," IZA Discussion Papers 722, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    1. Ludger Wößmann, 2011. "Wettbewerb durch öffentliche Finanzierung von Schulen in freier Trägerschaft als wichtiger Ansatzpunkt zur Verbesserung des Schulsystems," Ifo Schnelldienst, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 64(01), pages 09-18, 01.

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