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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

    () (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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  • Lisa Giddings & Mieke Meurs & Tilahun Temesgen, 2007. "Changing Preschool Enrolments in Post-Socialist Central Asia: Causes and Implications," Comparative Economic Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Association for Comparative Economic Studies, vol. 49(1), pages 81-100, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:compes:v:49:y:2007:i:1:p:81-100
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    1. Brück, Tilman & Esenaliev, Damir & Kroeger, Antje & Kudebayeva, Alma & Mirkasimov, Bakhrom & Steiner, Susan, 2014. "Household survey data for research on well-being and behavior in Central Asia," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 42(3), pages 819-835.
    2. Landmann, Andreas & Seitz, Helke & Steiner, Susan, 2017. "Patrilocal Residence and Female Labour Supply," IZA Discussion Papers 10890, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    3. Andreas Landmann & Helke Seitz & Susan Steiner, 2017. "Patrilocal Residence and Female Labour Supply," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1705, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
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    5. Louise Grogan & Katerina Koka, 2010. "Young children and women's labour force participation in Russia, 1992-2004," The Economics of Transition, The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, vol. 18(4), pages 715-739, October.
    6. 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.
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    8. Maria S. Floro & Mieke Meurs, 2010. "Gender Equality at the Heart of Decent Work," Working Papers 2010-01, American University, Department of Economics.
    9. Landmann, Andreas & Seitz, Helke & Steiner, Susan, 2017. "Intergenerational Coresidence and Female Labour Supply," Annual Conference 2017 (Vienna): Alternative Structures for Money and Banking 168282, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.

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