DP9485 Reading to young children: a head-start in life?
|Author(s):||Guyonne Kalb, Jan C. van Ours|
|Publication Date:||May 2013|
|Keyword(s):||Cognitive skills, Reading to children|
|JEL(s):||c26, i21, j24|
|Programme Areas:||Labour Economics|
|Link to this Page:||www.cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=9485|
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.