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Early Life Adversity and Children's Competence Development: Evidence from the Mannheim Study of Children at Risk

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  • Blomeyer, Dorothea

    (ZI Mannheim)

  • Coneus, Katja

    (ZEW Mannheim)

  • Laucht, Manfred

    (ZI Mannheim)

  • Pfeiffer, Friedhelm

    (ZEW Mannheim)

Abstract

This paper investigates the role of early life adversity and home resources in terms of competence formation and school achievement based on data from an epidemiological cohort study following 364 children from birth to adolescence. Results indicate that organic and psychosocial risks present in early life as well as the socio-emotional home environment are significant predictors for the formation of competencies. Competencies acquired at preschool age predict achievement at school age. A counterfactual analysis is performed to assess trade-offs in the timing of interventions in the early life cycle.

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  • Blomeyer, Dorothea & Coneus, Katja & Laucht, Manfred & Pfeiffer, Friedhelm, 2013. "Early Life Adversity and Children's Competence Development: Evidence from the Mannheim Study of Children at Risk," IZA Discussion Papers 7216, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    Keywords

    intelligence; socio-emotional and economic home resources; initial risk matrix; persistence; peer relationship; school achievement;
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    JEL classification:

    • D87 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Neuroeconomics
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth

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