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Gender Differences in the Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program

Jorge Luis Garcia (), James Heckman and Anna Ziff ()
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Anna Ziff: University of Chicago

No 10758, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This paper estimates gender differences in life-cycle impacts across multiple domains of an influential enriched early childhood program targeted toward disadvantaged children that was evaluated by the method of random assignment. We assess the impacts of the program on promoting or alleviating population differences in outcomes by gender. For many outcomes, boys benefit relatively more from high-quality center childcare programs compared to low-quality programs. For them, home care, even in disadvantaged environments, is more beneficial than lower-quality center childcare for many outcomes. This phenomenon is not found for girls. We investigate the sources of the gender differentials in impacts.

Keywords: randomized trials; health; early childhood education; childcare; gender differences; substitution bias (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J13 I28 C93 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dem, nep-gen, nep-ltv and nep-ure
Date: 2017-05
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