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Schools, Skills, and Synapses

James Heckman

No 14064, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: 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.

JEL-codes: A12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2008-06
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Published as James J. Heckman, 2008. "Schools, Skills, And Synapses," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 46(3), pages 289-324, 07.

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