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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 in most countries. Several indicators of structural quality of pre-primary education are identified that can account for the variation in the estimated coefficients on pre-primary attendance across countries, based on a cross-country student-level specification with country fixed effects and interactions between individual pre-primary attendance and country-level quality indicators. The association of pre-primary attendance with test scores at age 15 is larger in countries with higher per-pupil spending in pre-primary education, larger shares of children attending privately managed pre-primary institutions, and higher relative pay and higher levels of training of pre-primary teachers.

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  • Gabriela Schütz, 2009. "Does the Quality of Pre-primary Education Pay Off in Secondary School? An International Comparison Using PISA 2003," ifo Working Paper Series 68, ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich.
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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 - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 64(01), pages 09-18, January.

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    Keywords

    Pre-primary; ISCED 0; kindergarten; educational performance; educational quality; PISA;

    JEL classification:

    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy

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