Government Education Expenditures, Pre-Primary Education and School Performance : A Cross-Country Analysis
Del Boca, Daniela
See, Sarah Grace
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Using data from OECD's PISA, Eurostat and World Bank's WDI, the authors explore how child cognitive outcomes at the aggregate country level are related to macroeconomic conditions, specifically government education expenditures and early education experience. The researchers find that both government expenditures in education and attendance to early child care are associated with better later school performance. They 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.