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Title: Children Reading Fiction Books Because They Want To

Author(s): Jan C. van Ours

Publication Date: January 2006

Keyword(s): books, PISA-data and reading

Programme Area(s): Public Economics

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 TVs 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.

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van Ours, J. 2006. 'Children Reading Fiction Books Because They Want To'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.