The influence of preschool childcare on educational outcomes and expected labor market success

Fritschi, Tobias; Jann, Ben (2009). The influence of preschool childcare on educational outcomes and expected labor market success. Empirische Pädagogik EP - Zeitschrift zu Theorie und Praxis erziehungswissenschaftlicher Forschung, 23(4), pp. 500-520. Empirische Pädagogik e.V.

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In this article we examine whether early childcare and education impacts children's subsequent school careers and how this relates to expected lifetime earnings and, consequently, to long-term economy-wide benefits. Our study is based on data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP) and covers children born between 1990 and 1995. The analysis focuses on the effect of ear­ly childcare attendance on subsequent assignment to different school tracks, depending on social origin and migration background of the children. Based on these estimates we then derive the expected education-mediated impact of early preschool and childcare experiences on future life earnings, garnering an impression of the long-term economic consequences. Our study shows that, controlling for relevant confounders, attending early childcare increases a child's probability of being assigned to "Gymnasium" by about 14 percentage points. This effect corresponds to an increase in expected lifetime earnings of about 27 000 Euro. A comparison of the discounted present value of these returns to the average costs of early childcare (8 000 Euro) reveals a cost-benefit ratio of 1 to 2.7. (DIPF/Orig.).

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Sociology

UniBE Contributor:

Jann, Ben

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

0931-5020

Publisher:

Empirische Pädagogik e.V.

Language:

German

Submitter:

Ben Jann

Date Deposited:

24 Jun 2016 08:29

Last Modified:

24 Jun 2016 08:29

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.67671

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/67671

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