Reading to Young Children: A Head-Start in Life?

Melbourne Institute Working Paper No. 17/13

Date: May 2013


Guyonne Kalb
Jan C. van Ours


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.

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