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Schools, Skills, and Synapses

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  • Heckman, James J.

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This paper discusses (a) the role of cognitive and noncognitive ability in shaping adult outcomes, (b) the early emergence of differentials in abilities between children of advantaged families and children of disadvantaged families, (c) the role of families in creating these abilities, (d) adverse trends in American families, and (e) the effectiveness of early interventions in offsetting these trends. Practical issues in the design and implementation of early childhood programs are discussed.

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  • Heckman, James J., 2008. "Schools, Skills, and Synapses," IZA Discussion Papers 3515, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    noncognitive skills; family influence; ability gaps; high school dropout; productivity; early interventions;

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    • A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines

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