Three Essays on the Economics of Early Childhood Education Programs

Andres Pablo Cristobal Hojman Cruz
A central criticism of early childhood education programs is that their impacts on test scores strongly diminish or disappear shortly after the end of the program. This is called “fadeout”. In this paper I study the precise timing of the fadeout and its possible causes. I first study the period-by-period impact of the programs. Evidence from two experimental datasets shows that (i) there are strong gains on skills for the treatment group only two months...
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