Reading to Young Children: A Head-Start in Life?
Melbourne Institute Working Paper No. 17/13
Date: May 2013
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.