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The effect of preschool participation on intellectual and behavioral disorder diagnoses: Evidence from surveys on children’s health
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Economics of Education Review Volume 68, Number 1, ISSN 0272-7757 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd

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This paper examines the effect of preschool participation on the probability of ever being diagnosed with certain intellectual and behavioral disorders in childhood. To study this relationship, I use two-sample two-stage least squares where I instrument for preschool participation using an indicator for the availability of universal preschool. Using data from the National Survey of Children’s Health and the Current Population Survey October Supplement, I find suggestive evidence that high-quality preschool participation disproportionately benefits children from low-education households. That is, for children from low-education households, I observe that preschool participation reduces the probability of ever having been diagnosed with behavioral or conduct problems, and requiring the use of special therapy. For children from high-education households, however, I observe that preschool participation increases the probability of ever having been diagnosed with behavioral or conduct problems, and requiring the use of special therapy.

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Monnet, J. (2019). The effect of preschool participation on intellectual and behavioral disorder diagnoses: Evidence from surveys on children’s health. Economics of Education Review, 68(1), 136-147. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved December 14, 2019 from .

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Full text is availabe on Science Direct: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.econedurev.2018.12.003

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