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Elusive Longer-Run Impacts of Head Start: Replications Within and Across Cohorts

Using an additional decade of CNLSY data, this study replicated and extended Deming’s (2009) evaluation of Head Start’s life-cycle skill formation impacts in three ways. Extending the measurement interval for Deming’s adulthood outcomes, we found no statistically significant impacts on earnings and mixed evidence of impacts on other adult outcomes. Applying Deming’s sibling comparison framework to more recent birth cohorts born to CNLSY mothers revealed mostly negative Head Start impacts. Combining all cohorts shows generally null impacts on school-age and early adulthood outcomes.

Keywords
Head Start, family fixed effects
Education level
Document Object Identifier (DOI)
10.26300/tgg8-3p53

EdWorkingPaper suggested citation:

Pages, Remy, Dylan Lukes, Drew Bailey, and Greg J. Duncan. (). Elusive Longer-Run Impacts of Head Start: Replications Within and Across Cohorts. (EdWorkingPaper: -27). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University: https://doi.org/10.26300/tgg8-3p53

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