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

Blanden, J, Del Bono, E, McNally, S and Rabe, B (2016) Universal pre-school education: the case of public funding with private provision ECON J, 126. pp. 682-723.

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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-yearolds 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: Article
Subjects : subj_Economics
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Blanden, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Del Bono, EUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
McNally, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Rabe, BUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 May 2016
Funders : ESRC
Identification Number : 10.1111/ecoj.12374
Grant Title : Seconday Data Analysis Initiative
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2016 The Authors. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 05 May 2016 12:45
Last Modified : 26 May 2016 10:40
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/810636

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