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Econ Inq. 2008 Jun;46(3):289.

Schools, Skills, and Synapses.

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Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Chicago, 1126 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637. , , jjh@uchicago.edu .

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.

PMID:
20119503
PMCID:
PMC2812935

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