95 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2008
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.
Keywords: productivity, high school dropout, ability gaps, family influence, noncognitive skills, early interventions
JEL Classification: A12
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Heckman, James J., Schools, Skills, and Synapses. , Vol. , pp. -, . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1139905 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x