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Recovery from an Early-Life Shock through Improved Access to Schools

Tushar Bharati, Seungwoo Chin and Dawoon Jung
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Tushar Bharati: Economics Discipline, Business School, University of Western Australia,
Dawoon Jung: Korea Institute of Public Finance

No 20-04, Economics Discussion / Working Papers from The University of Western Australia, Department of Economics

Abstract: We examine the extent to which a supply-side intervention aimed at improving access to schools helped individuals recover from an early-life shock. Using variation in an Indonesian primary school construction program, we show that individuals who experienced low rainfall in the first year of life but were later exposed to the school construction program recovered completely from the educational deficit caused by the early-life shock. For individuals who did not experience the adverse rainfall shock, the school construction had no impact. This was, in part, a result of deteriorating school quality and increased competition to get into middle schools that affected the high-rainfall individuals disproportionately.

Keywords: Education; early-life shocks; rainfall (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H52 I21 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 92
Date: 2020
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