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

Guyonne Kalb and Jan van Ours ()

Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series from Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne

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.

Keywords: Reading to children; reading skills; other cognitive skills (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C26 I21 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2013-05
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