The effects of preschool attendance on adolescent outcomes in rural China

Xin Gong, Di Xu, Wen-Jui Han

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    Abstract

    Despite growing public attention to access to preschool education in rural China, there is limited evidence about its potential long-term impacts on child development. Using a nationally representative dataset from China Family Panel Studies, this paper is the first rigorously estimating the long-term effects of preschool attendance on multiple domains of child development in rural China for a sample of 11–15 year olds. Results based on ordinary least squares analysis, county fixed effects, and propensity score matching point to a consistent positive association between preschool attendance and individual social skills, although no association was found between attendance and cognitive skills. Directions for future research and policy recommendations related to early education development in China are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)140-152
    Number of pages13
    JournalEarly Childhood Research Quarterly
    Volume37
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Mar 4 2016

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    adolescent
    Child Development
    Education
    preschool education
    Propensity Score
    Least-Squares Analysis
    evidence
    education

    Keywords

    • Child care
    • China family panel studies (CFPS)
    • Preschool attendance
    • Propensity score matching
    • Rural China

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Developmental and Educational Psychology
    • Sociology and Political Science

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    The effects of preschool attendance on adolescent outcomes in rural China. / Gong, Xin; Xu, Di; Han, Wen-Jui.

    In: Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Vol. 37, 04.03.2016, p. 140-152.

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    Gong, Xin ; Xu, Di ; Han, Wen-Jui. / The effects of preschool attendance on adolescent outcomes in rural China. In: Early Childhood Research Quarterly. 2016 ; Vol. 37. pp. 140-152.
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