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

45 Pages Posted: 20 May 2013 Last revised: 31 May 2013

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Guyonne R.J. Kalb

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research; IZA; ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course

Jan C. van Ours

Tilburg University - Department of Economics; University of Melbourne - Department of Economics

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Date Written: May 1, 2013

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

JEL Classification: C26, I21, J24

Suggested Citation

Kalb, Guyonne R.J. and van Ours, Jan C., Reading to Young Children: A Head-Start in Life? (May 1, 2013). Melbourne Institute Working Paper No. 17/13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2267171 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2267171

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