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Title:Initial risk matrix, home resources, ability development and children's achievement PDF Logo
Authors:Blomeyer, Dorothea
Coneus, Katja
Laucht, Manfred
Pfeiffer, Friedhelm
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:IZA discussion papers 3692
Abstract:This paper investigates the role of self-productivity and home resources in ability formation from infancy to adolescence. In addition, we study the complementarities between basic cognitive, motor and noncognitive abilities and social as well as academic achievement. Our data are taken from the Mannheim Study of Children at Risk (MARS), an epidemiological cohort study following the long-term outcome of early risk factors. Results indicate that initial risk conditions cumulate and that differences in basic abilities increase during development. Self-productivity rises in the developmental process and complementarities are evident. Noncognitive abilities promote cognitive abilities and social achievement. There is remarkable stability in the distribution of the economic and socio-emotional home resources during the early life cycle. This is presumably a major reason for the evolution of inequality in human development.
Subjects:Initial conditions
home resources
intelligence
persistence
social competencies
school achievement
JEL:D87
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-2008100936
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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