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Felfe, Christina; Zierow, Larissa (2014): After-School Center-Based Care and Children’s Development. In: B. E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, Vol. 14, No. 4: pp. 1299-1336
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What is the impact of after-school center-based care on the development of primary school-aged children? Answering this question is challenging due to non-random selection of children into after-school center-based care. We tackle this challenge using detailed data of the German Child Panel and employing a value-added method. While we do not find significant effects on average, our analysis provides evidence for beneficial returns to after-school center-based care attendance for more disadvantaged children. To be more precise, children of less educated mothers and low-income families benefit from attending after-school care centers in terms of their socio-behavioral development.