Discussion paper

DP5472 Children Reading Fiction Books Because They Want To

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.


van Ours, J (2006), ‘DP5472 Children Reading Fiction Books Because They Want To‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 5472. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp5472