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Experimental Evidence on the Effect of Childhood Investments on Postsecondary Attainment and Degree Completion

Susan Dynarski, Joshua M. Hyman, Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach

NBER Working Paper No. 17533
Issued in October 2011

---- Acknowledgements -----

We thank Jayne Zaharias-Boyd of HEROS and the Tennessee Department of Education for allowing the match between the STAR and National Student Clearinghouse data. The Education Research Section at Princeton University generously covered the cost of this match. Monica Bhatt, David Deming and Nathaniel Schwartz provided excellent research assistance. We benefitted from discussions at Cornell, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the Swedish Institute for Labour Market Evaluation, University of California at Davis, University of Michigan, Vanderbilt, Yale and the 2012 Rome conference on Improving Education Accountability and Evaluation. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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