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Title: Reading to young children: a head-start in life?

Author(s): Guyonne Kalb and Jan C. van Ours

Publication Date: May 2013

Keyword(s): Cognitive skills and Reading to children

Programme Area(s): Labour Economics

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.

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Kalb, G and van Ours, J. 2013. 'Reading to young children: a head-start in life?'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.