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The Effect of Pre-Primary Education on Primary School Performance

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  • Samuel Berlinski

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  • Sebastian Galiani

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  • Paul Gertler

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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.

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Paper provided by William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan in its series William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series with number wp838.

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Date of creation: 01 Jul 2006
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Handle: RePEc:wdi:papers:2006-838

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

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