External Economics Seminar by Mariana Zerpa

19-04-2018 from 12:00 to 13:00
Classroom 0.013, Sint-Pietersplein 7, B-9000, Ghent
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Topic: Preschool Education and Child Development and Health: Evidence from State Pre-K Programs

This paper analyzes the effects of attending state pre-kindergarten programs on child development and health up to eight years after preschool age. Using data from the National Health Interview Survey, the Current Population Survey, state legislature and other sources, I exploit the variation in the timing of expansion of pre-K programs across states to look at the effects of a large group of state pre-K programs. The intent-to-treat estimates indicate that the developmental outcomes of boys who live in states that had pre-K programs when they were 4 years old are improved up to eight years after preschool age. I also find that boys and girls in states with pre-K programs have increased health problems in the short-term. The effect of this group of pre-K expansions on preschool enrollment rates is close to 8 percentage points, but I find suggestive evidence that the expansion of enrollment in state pre-K is larger and there are crowding-out effects. I use two alternative ways of approximating treatment-on-the-treated effects, and find that my results imply large although imprecise effects on both developmental and health outcomes.

About Mariana Zerpa

Mariana Zerpa is a Research Fellow in the Department of Economics at the University of Leuven. Her research interests are in the intersection of labor economics, public economics, health and education. She focuses on the effects of public programs on human capital and health in childhood, and their interaction with labor markets. She is also interested in applying rigorous econometric models to the evaluation of the effects of welfare programs in developed and developing countries.


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