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Title:Schools, skills, and synapses PDF Logo
Authors:Heckman, James Joseph
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 3515
Abstract:This paper discusses (a) the role of cognitive and noncognitive ability in shaping adult outcomes, (b) the early emergence of differentials in abilities between children of advantaged families and children of disadvantaged families, (c) the role of families in creating these abilities, (d) adverse trends in American families, and (e) the effectiveness of early interventions in offsetting these trends. Practical issues in the design and implementation of early childhood programs are discussed.
Subjects:Productivity
high school dropout
ability gaps
family influence
noncognitive skills
early interventions
JEL:A12
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20080605103
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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