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The impact of daycare attendance on math test scores for a cohort of 4th graders in Brazil

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  • Rodrigues, Clarissa G.
  • Pinto, Cristine Campos de Xavier
  • Santos, Daniel D.

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We estimate the impact of having attended center-based daycare institutions during early childhood on Math test scores at the 4th grade of elementary school. Because enrollment in daycare centers may depend on unobservable character-istics of the family and the child, we build and estimate a structural model of endogeneous choice of school to deal with the selectivity problem. We nd that attendance to daycare institutions is associated with a gain of approximately 0,04 standard deviation in Math test scores. This result is important to the extent our OLS results as well as most of the studies for Brazil nd no e¤ect associated to daycare attendance, suggesting selectivity may play a role on this finding.

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  • Rodrigues, Clarissa G. & Pinto, Cristine Campos de Xavier & Santos, Daniel D., 2012. "The impact of daycare attendance on math test scores for a cohort of 4th graders in Brazil," Textos para discussão 290, FGV/EESP - Escola de Economia de São Paulo, Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil).
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    1. Harold Alderman, 2011. "No Small Matter : The Impact of Poverty, Shocks, and Human Capital Investments in Early Childhood Development," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 2266, June.
    2. Igor Vieira Procópio & Ricardo Freguglia & Flávia Chei, 2014. "The Effect Of Preschool On Pro…Ciency Level: An Analysis From Longitudinal Data," Anais do XLI Encontro Nacional de Economia [Proceedings of the 41st Brazilian Economics Meeting] 231, ANPEC - Associação Nacional dos Centros de Pós-Graduação em Economia [Brazilian Association of Graduate Programs in Economics].

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