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
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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.