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Children Reading Fiction Books Because They Want To

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  • van Ours, Jan C
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    This paper investigates the reading of fiction books by 15-year-olds in 18 OECD countries. It appears that girls read fiction books more often than boys, whereas boys read comic books more often than girls. The intensity by which children read fiction books is influenced by parental education, family structure, and the number of books and TVs at home. Reading comic books does not affect the reading of fiction books. Parents who want their children to read fiction books frequently should have a lot of books at home and at most one television.

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    Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 5472.

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    Date of creation: Jan 2006
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    Keywords: books; PISA-data; reading;

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    1. Canoy, Marcel & van der Ploeg, Frederick & van Ours, Jan C, 2005. "The Economics of Books," CEPR Discussion Papers 4892, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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