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Access to pre-primary education and progression in primary School: evidence from rural Guatemala

Paulo S. R. Bastos, Nicolas Luis Bottan, Julian Cristia, Paulo S. R. Bastos, Nicolas Luis Bottan and Julian Cristia
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Julian Cristia (), Nicolas Luis Bottan () and Paulo Bastos

No 7574, Policy Research Working Paper Series from The World Bank

Abstract: Evidence on the impacts of a large-scale expansion in pre-primary education is limited and mostly circumscribed to high- and middle-income nations. This study estimates the effects of such an expansion on progression in primary school in rural communities in Guatemala, where the number of pre-primary schools increased from about 5,300 to 11,500 between 1998 and 2005. Combining administrative and population census data in a difference-in-differences framework, the analysis finds that access to pre-primary education increased by 2.4 percentage points the proportion of students that progress adequately and attend sixth grade by age 12. These positive although limited effects suggest the need for complementary actions to produce substantial improvements in adequate progression.

Keywords: Access of Poor to Social Services; Services&Transfers to Poor; Economic Assistance; Disability; Educational Sciences; Primary Education; Nutrition; Gender and Development (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016-02-22
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Working Paper: Access to Preprimary Education and Progression in Primary School: Evidence from Rural Guatemala (2018) Downloads
Journal Article: Access to Preprimary Education and Progression in Primary School: Evidence from Rural Guatemala (2017) Downloads
Working Paper: Access to Preprimary Education and Progression in Primary School: Evidence from Rural Guatemala (2012) Downloads
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