Schools, skills, and synapses

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Title: Schools, skills, and synapses
Authors: Heckman, James J.
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Date: 15-Dec-2008
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.
Funding Details: Committee for Economic Development
JB & MK Pritzker Family Foundation
Susan Thompson Buffet Foundation
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Science Foundation
American Bar Foundation
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Geary Institute
Series/Report no.: UCD Geary Institute Discussion Paper Series; WP/33/2008
Keywords: ProductivityHigh school dropoutAbility gapsFamily influenceNoncognitive skillsEarly interventions
Subject LCSH: Ability
Education--Economic aspects--United States
Educational equalization--Unites States
Parent and child
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Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Conference Details: Paper presented as the Presidential Lecture of the Western Economics Association, Seattle Washington, June 30, 2007
Appears in Collections:Geary Institute Working Papers

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