Understanding Program Complementarities: Estimating the Dynamic Effects of Head Start with Multiple Alternatives

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  • Date and time: Wednesday 11 October 2023, 1pm to 2pm
  • Location: In-person only
    A/TB042 (Alcuin Teaching Block - Seebohm Rowntree)
  • Audience: Open to staff, students
  • Booking: Booking not required

Event details

Speaker: Marc Chan (Melbourne)

Co-authors: Antonio Dalla-Zuanna and Kai Liu

Abstract: We use experimental data from the Head Start Impact Study to examine the effect of sequential participation in childcare programs on cognitive outcomes. Using a sequential threshold model, which accounts for selection beyond initial randomization, we estimate causal returns to program sequences, including joint and cross returns across skill investment programs. We then estimate a dynamic structural model as a juxtaposition and evaluate a counterfactual policy reform which limits individuals to one year of Head Start. Our results support Head Start implementation earlier in life, and support engaging low-ability children with center-based care and high-ability children with some home care.

Host: Yongcheol Shin