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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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    1. Goux, Dominique & Gurgand, Marc & Maurin, Eric, 2017. "Reading enjoyment and reading skills: Lessons from an experiment with first grade children," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 17-25.
    2. World Bank, 2013. "China Early Child Development : Early Childhood Education in Yunnan," World Bank Other Operational Studies 17004, The World Bank.
    3. repec:kap:reveho:v:15:y:2017:i:3:d:10.1007_s11150-015-9287-8 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Chris Ryan, 2016. "Parental Investments and Child Development: Counting Games and Early Numeracy," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series wp2016n34, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.

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    Keywords

    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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