Will sooner be better? The impact of early preschool enrollment...

Will sooner be better? The impact of early preschool enrollment...

Denis Fougère
Séminaire scientifique de l'OSC, 19 décembre 2014
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Dans le cadre de son séminaire scientifique, l'OSC reçoit le vendredi 19 décembre 2014 de 09h30 à 11h Denis Fougère, Directeur de recherche CNRS au CREST, Co-directeur de l'axe Politiques éducatives du LIEPP. La séance se déroulera en salle Annick Percheron, 98 rue de l'Université, Paris 7e.

Will Sooner Be Better? The Impact of Early Preschool Enrollment on Cognitive and Noncognitive Achievement of Children

Denis Fougère (CREST)In this study we measure the effect of entering preelementary school at age 2 rather than 3 in France. Our identification strategy relies on ratios between the number of young children and the capacity of preelementary schools observed at the very local level. This information allows us to solve the endogeneity issue due to the potential correlation between unobserved determinants of early enrollment decision and children achievement. We measure this effect on schooling achievement in primary and lower secondary schools. We show that early enrollment in preelementary school improves cognitive and noncognitive skills at age six, and both literacy and numeracy from the third to the ninth grades.

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