Reading to Young Children: A Head-Start in Life?
45 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2013
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
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