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Preschool and school performance of children from immigrant families

Nina Drange () and Kjetil Telle
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Nina Drange: Statistics Norway, Research Department

Empirical Economics, 2017, vol. 52, issue 2, 825-867

Abstract: Abstract We study whether free preschool affects the subsequent school performance of children from immigrant families. Our difference-in-differences approach takes advantage of a policy intervention implemented in two districts in Oslo, leaving other similar districts unaffected. The grade point average of girls increases more in the intervention districts than in the comparison districts, resulting in effect estimates of about a tenth of the standard deviation. We find no consistent effects for boys.

Keywords: Preschool; Immigrants; Early intervention; Child development (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J13 J15 H52 I28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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