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Home | Events Archive | The Long-Term Impact of Early Childhood Investment on Reducing Covid-19 Learning Loss

The Long-Term Impact of Early Childhood Investment on Reducing Covid-19 Learning Loss

  • Series
  • Speaker(s)
    Anya Samek (University California San Diego, United States)
  • Field
    Behavioral Economics
  • Location
    University of Amsterdam, Roeterseilandcampus, room E0.03
  • Date and time

    April 20, 2023
    16:00 - 17:15

We leverage a randomized evaluation of an early childhood program to study the impact of early life investments on resilience to negative shocks. When the children in our study were 3-5 years old, they were randomized to a preschool program, a parenting program or to a control group. Ten years later, the children were exposed to school closures during the Covid-19 pandemic. These school closures led to significant declines in test scores, otherwise referred to as Covid-19 learning loss. With nearly 900 observations, we explore the determinants of learning loss in our children. Importantly, we find that the parenting program children were randomly assigned to a decade earlier had a protective impact on learning loss. The control group saw a 0.31 SD decline in standardized test scores during school closures, whereas the parenting group saw only a 0.12 SD decline. Learning loss in the preschool group was similar to the control group. These findings point to the importance of parents during times of negative schooling shocks.

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