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Reading to young children: a head-start in life?

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  • Kalb, Guyonne
  • van Ours, Jan C

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This paper investigates the importance of parents reading to their young children. Using Australian data we find that parental reading to children at age 4 to 5 has positive and significant effects on reading skills and cognitive skills of these children at least up to age 10 or 11. Our findings are robust to a wide range of sensitivity analyses.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 9485.

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Date of creation: May 2013
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:9485

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