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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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  • Kalb, Guyonne & van Ours, Jan C, 2013. "Reading to young children: a head-start in life?," CEPR Discussion Papers 9485, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:9485
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    Cognitive skills; Reading to children;

    JEL classification:

    • C26 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Instrumental Variables (IV) Estimation
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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