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Schools, Skills, and Synapses

James Heckman

No 200833, Working Papers from Geary Institute, University College Dublin

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 effective- ness of early interventions in offsetting these trends. Practical issues in the design and implementation of early childhood programs are discussed.

Keywords: productivity; high school dropout; ability gaps; family influence; noncognitive skills; early interventions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2008-12-15
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