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Government education expenditures, pre-primary education and school performance: A cross-country analysis

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  • Daniela Del Boca

    (University of Turin and Collegio Carlo Alberto)

  • Chiara Monfardini

    (University of Bologna)

  • Sarah Grace See

    (University of York)

Abstract

Using data from OECD’s PISA, Eurostat and World Bank’s WDI, we explore how child cognitive outcomes at the aggregate country level are related to macroeconomic conditions, specifically government education expenditures and early education experience. We find that both government expenditures in education and attendance to early child care are associated with better later school performance. We also consider different childcare characteristics such as duration and quality, which appear to have significant effects Our results may imply that policies encouraging childcare expansion should also take into account quality issues.

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  • Daniela Del Boca & Chiara Monfardini & Sarah Grace See, 2018. "Government education expenditures, pre-primary education and school performance: A cross-country analysis," Working Papers 2018-020, Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group.
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    Keywords

    early childcare and education; school performance; test scores; early childhood education;
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    JEL classification:

    • I26 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Returns to Education
    • H52 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Education
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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