The Impact of Preschool Enrollment on Cognitive and Noncognitive Skills at Age Six

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IZA Seminar

Place: Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 9, 53113 Bonn

Date: 05.06.2012, 12:15 - 13:30


Presentation by 

Denis Fougère (Sciences Po, Paris)


In this paper we measure the effect of entering pre-elementary school at age 2 rather than 3 in France. Our identification strategy relies on the use of census data accounting for local tensions between demand and supply of pre-elementary schooling. These data allow us to solve the endogeneity issue due to the potential correlation between unobserved determinants of the early enrollment decision and the child's achievement. We measure this effect on both cognitive and non-cognitive skills observed in the first grade when children are 6 years old. We show that early enrollment in pre-elementary school improves literacy, but also sociability and aptitudes for school activities.

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