Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/104779
Authors: 
Makles, Anna
Schneider, Kerstin
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
Schumpeter Discussion Papers 2014-012
Abstract: 
This paper adds to the literature on extracurricular early childhood education and child development by exploiting unique data on an educational project in Germany, the Junior University (JU). Utilizing a quasi-experimental study design, we estimate the causal short-term effect of JU enrollment on cognitive outcomes and show that attending extra science courses with preschool classes leads to significantly higher school readiness. Although the size of the effect is relatively small, the results are plausible and pass various robustness checks. Moreover, in comparison with other programs this intervention is cost-effective.
Subjects: 
early childhood education
early interventions
school readiness
JEL: 
I20
I21
I28
J13
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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