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

Blanden, Jo and Del Bono, Emilia and McNally, Sandra and Rabe, Birgitta (2016) Universal pre-school education: the case of public funding with private provision. The Economic Journal, 126 (592). pp. 682-723. ISSN 0013-0133

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Identification Number: 10.1111/ecoj.12374

Abstract

This article 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 5, 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: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors © CC BY 4.0
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2016 10:16
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2017 14:50
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/67377

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