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Access to Preprimary Education and Progression in Primary School: Evidence from Rural Guatemala

  • Paulo Bastos
  • Nicolas Bottan
  • Julian Cristia


Evidence on the impacts of a large-scale expansion in public preprimary education is limited and mostly circumscribed to high and middle-income countries. This paper estimates the effects of such an expansion on progression in primary school in rural communities of Guatemala. Combining administrative and population census data in a difference-in-difference framework, the paper examines a large-scale construction program that increased the number of preprimaries from around 5,300 to 11,500 between 1998 and 2005. The results indicate that the program increased by 2. 1 percentage points the fraction of students that progress adequately and attend sixth grade by age 12. These positive effects are heavily concentrated among girls.

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Paper provided by Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department in its series Research Department Publications with number 4815.

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Date of creation: Dec 2012
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Handle: RePEc:idb:wpaper:4815
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