The long-run impacts of early childhood education: Evidence from a failed policy experiment
Philip DeCicca, Department of Economics, McMaster University, Canada ; Justin Smith, Department of Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Economics of Education Review Volume 36, Number 1, ISSN 0272-7757 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
We investigate short and long-term effects of early childhood education using variation created by a policy experiment in British Columbia, Canada. Our findings imply being in kindergarten longer increases the probability of repeating the third grade, and decreases tenth grade math and reading scores. Effects are highest for low income students and males. Estimates suggest that more time in kindergarten may have a detrimental effect on future outcomes.
DeCicca, P. & Smith, J. (2013). The long-run impacts of early childhood education: Evidence from a failed policy experiment. Economics of Education Review, 36(1), 41-59. Elsevier Ltd.