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The effect of pre-primary education on primary school performance

  • Berlinski, Samuel
  • Galiani, Sebastian
  • Gertler, Paul

The theoretical case for universal pre-primary education is strong. However, the empirical foundation is less so. 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 pre-primary school increases average third grade test scores by 8% of a mean or by 23% of the standard deviation of the distribution of test scores. We also find that pre-primary 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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Volume (Year): 93 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1-2 (February)
Pages: 219-234

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