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Social interaction and children's academic test scores : evidence from the national child development study

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Brown, Sarah; Taylor, Karl

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Abstract We explore the relationship between educational attainment and social interaction using individual level data from the British National Child Development Study. To be specific, we analyze whether an intergenerational aspect to this relationship exists by examining the relationship between the educational attainment of children and the degree of formal social activity undertaken by their parents. Our results suggest that children's scores in reading, mathematics and vocabulary tests are positively associated with the extent of their parents’ formal social interaction, and this relationship is robust to alternative definitions of social interaction.
Classification Social Psychology
Free Keywords Education; Human Capital; Social Capital; Social Interaction
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 563-574
Journal Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 71 (2009) 2
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)