May 2013

IZA DP No. 7416: Reading to Young Children: A Head-Start in Life?

published in: Economics of Education Review, 2014, 40, 1-24

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.