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Reading to Young Children: A Head-Start in Life?

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  • Kalb, G.
  • Ours, J.C. van

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)

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Abstract: 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 Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 2013-029.

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Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:kubcen:2013029

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Keywords: Reading to children; reading skills; other cognitive skills;

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