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Early Years Education And Subsequent Schooling In Rural India: An Economic Analysis

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This study uses LSMS microdata to evaluate the impact of early years education on subsequent educational participation in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in Northern India. It is established that, alongside a number of economic and demographic variables, pre-school education has a significantly positive impact on subsequent experience. The result is robust to correction for endogeneity bias and clustering of observations.

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  • G Johnes, 2008. "Early Years Education And Subsequent Schooling In Rural India: An Economic Analysis," Working Papers 596936, Lancaster University Management School, Economics Department.
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