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Access to Preprimary Education and Progression in Primary School: Evidence from Rural Guatemala

Paulo Bastos, Nicolas Bottan () and Julian Cristia ()

No 4197, IDB Publications (Working Papers) from Inter-American Development Bank

Abstract: Evidence on the impacts of a large-scale expansion in public preprimary education is limited and mostly circumscribed to high and middle-income countries. This paper estimates the effects of such an expansion on progression in primary school in rural communities of Guatemala. Combining administrative and population census data in a difference-in-difference framework, the paper examines a large-scale construction program that increased the number of preprimaries from around 5,300 to 11,500 between 1998 and 2005. The results indicate that the program increased by 2. 1 percentage points the fraction of students that progress adequately and attend sixth grade by age 12. These positive effects are heavily concentrated among girls.

Keywords: Early childhood development; Preprimary education; Rural areas (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018-12
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