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

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  • Kalb, Guyonne

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    (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research)

  • van Ours, Jan C.

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    (Tilburg University)

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 Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 7416.

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Length: 45 pages
Date of creation: May 2013
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Publication status: forthcoming in: Economics of Education Review, 2014.
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp7416

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

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