Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/69358
Authors: 
Heckman, James J.
Pinto, Rodrigo
Savelyev, Peter
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper Series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 7040
Abstract: 
A growing literature establishes that high quality early childhood interventions targeted toward disadvantaged children have substantial impacts on later life outcomes. Little is known about the mechanisms producing these impacts. This paper uses longitudinal data on cognitive and personality traits from an experimental evaluation of the influential Perry Preschool program to analyze the channels through which the program boosted both male and female participant outcomes. Experimentally induced changes in personality traits explain a sizable portion of adult treatment effects.
Subjects: 
cognitive traits
personality traits
externalizing behavior
academic motivation
factor analysis
human capital
human development
early childhood interventions
social experiments
Perry Preschool program
experimentally estimated production functions
JEL: 
I21
I28
I29
J13
J15
J16
J24
O15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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