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Longer Term Effects of Head Start

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  • Eliana Garces
  • Duncan Thomas
  • Janet Currie

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Little is known about the long-term effects of participation in Head Start. This paper draws on unique non-experimental data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics to provide new evidence on the effects of participation in Head Start on schooling attainment, earnings, and criminal behavior. Among whites, participation in Head Start is associated with a significantly increased probability of completing high school and attending college, and we find some evidence of elevated earnings in one's early twenties. African Americans who participated in Head Start are significantly less likely to have been charged or convicted of a crime. The evidence also suggests that there are positive spillovers from older children who attended Head Start to their younger siblings.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 8054.

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Date of creation: Dec 2000
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Publication status: published as Garces, Eliana, Duncan Thomas and Janet Currie. "Longer-Term Effects Of Head Start," American Economic Review, 2002, v92(4,Sep), 999-1012.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:8054

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  1. Currie, J. & Thomas, D., 1995. "Does Head Start make a Difference?," Papers 95-10, RAND - Reprint Series.
  2. Currie, Janet & Thomas, Duncan, 1999. "Does Head Start help hispanic children?," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 74(2), pages 235-262, November.
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