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Quantity and quality of childcare and children’s educational outcomes

Blanden, Jo and Del Bono, Emilia and Hansen, Kirstine and Rabe, Birgitta (2022) 'Quantity and quality of childcare and children’s educational outcomes.' Journal of Population Economics, 35 (2). pp. 785-828. ISSN 0933-1433

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Policy-makers wanting to support child development can choose to adjust the quantity or quality of publicly funded universal pre-school. To assess the impact of such changes, we estimate the effects of an increase in free pre-school education in England of about 3.5 months at age 3 on children’s school achievement at age 5. We exploit date-of-birth discontinuities that create variation in the length and starting age of free pre-school using administrative school records linked to nursery characteristics. Estimated effects are small overall, but the impact of the additional term is substantially larger in settings with the highest inspection quality rating but not in settings with highly qualified staff. Estimated effects fade out by age 7.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Childcare; Child outcomes; Childcare quality; Regression discontinuity
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2021 09:13
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2022 12:06

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