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Universal pre-school education: the case of publicfunding with private provision

Blanden, Jo and Del Bono, Emilia and McNally, Sandra and Rabe, Birgitta (2015) Universal pre-school education: the case of publicfunding with private provision. CEP Discussion Papers, CEPDP1352. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

This paper studies the effect of free pre-school education on child outcomes in primary school. We exploit the staggered implementation of free part-time pre-school for three-year-olds across Local Education Authorities in England in the early 2000s. The policy led to small improvements in attainment at age five, with no apparent benefits by age 11. We argue that this is because the expansion of free places largely crowded out privately paid care, with small changes in total participation, and was achieved through an increase in private provision, where quality is lower on average than in the public sector.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/_new/publications/series.asp?...
Additional Information: ©2015 The Authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
JEL classification: H - Public Economics > H4 - Publicly Provided Goods > H44 - Publicly Provided Goods: Mixed Markets
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I21 - Analysis of Education
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Series: Working Papers > CEP Discussion Papers
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2015 15:40
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2015 15:41
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/62581

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