Children Reading Fiction Books Because They Want To

CentER Discussion paper Series No. 2006-03

22 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2006

See all articles by Jan C. van Ours

Jan C. van Ours

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

Date Written: January 2006

Abstract

This paper investigates the reading of fiction books by 15-year-olds in 18 OECD countries. It appears that girls read fiction books more often than boys, whereas boys read comic books more often than girls. The intensity by which children read fiction books is influenced by parental education, family structure, and the number of books and tv's at home. Reading comic books does not affect the reading of fiction books. Parents who want their children to read fiction books frequently should have a lot of books at home and at most one television.

Keywords: books, reading, PISA-data

JEL Classification: L8,2; Z11

Suggested Citation

van Ours, Jan C., Children Reading Fiction Books Because They Want To (January 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=888666 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.888666

Jan C. Van Ours (Contact Author)

Tilburg University - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands
+31 13 466 2880 (Phone)
+31 13 466 3042 (Fax)

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics ( email )

Melbourne, 3010
Australia

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