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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Lots of Books

Books in the house are correlated with good outcomes for children

A study recently published in the journal Research in Social Stratification and Mobility found that just having books around the house (the more, the better) is correlated with how many years of schooling a child will complete. The study (authored by M.D.R. Evans, Jonathan Kelley, Joanna Sikorac and Donald J. Treimand) looked at samples from 27 nations, and according to its abstract, found that growing up in a household with 500 or more books is "as great an advantage as having university-educated rather than unschooled parents, and twice the advantage of having a professional rather than an unskilled father." Children with as few as 25 books in the family household completed on average two more years of schooling than children raised in homes without any books.

From Laura Miller

Hat Tip: Tyler Cowen

3 comments:

The Man Your Husband Is Worried About said...

So, since we have way more than 500 books, this means I didn't even have to go to college. Thanks for telling me NOW!

Cristin said...

25 books!? Who has only 25 books? That's like less books than Luke has on 1 of his measly little Wal-mart bookshelf shelves.

Angela said...

Does it count if they are old Sweet Valley High books?

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