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Government Education Expenditures, Pre-Primary Education and School Performance: A Cross-Country Analysis

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  • Del Boca, Daniela

    (University of Turin)

  • Monfardini, Chiara

    (University of Bologna)

  • See, Sarah Grace

    (University of York)

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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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  • Del Boca, Daniela & Monfardini, Chiara & See, Sarah Grace, 2018. "Government Education Expenditures, Pre-Primary Education and School Performance: A Cross-Country Analysis," IZA Discussion Papers 11375, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    early childcare and education; school performance; test scores;
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    • I26 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Returns to Education

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