NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Schools, Skills, and Synapses

James J. Heckman

NBER Working Paper No. 14064
Issued in June 2008
NBER Program(s):   CH   ED   LS

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.

download in pdf format
   (1946 K)

email paper

Machine-readable bibliographic record - MARC, RIS, BibTeX

Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w14064

Published: James J. Heckman, 2008. "Schools, Skills, And Synapses," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 46(3), pages 289-324, 07. citation courtesy of

Users who downloaded this paper also downloaded* these:
Cunha and Heckman w14695 The Economics and Psychology of Inequality and Human Development
Loeb, Fuller, Kagan, Carrol, and Carroll w9954 Child Care in Poor Communities: Early Learning Effects of Type, Quality, and Stability
Cunha, Heckman, and Schennach w15664 Estimating the Technology of Cognitive and Noncognitive Skill Formation
Heckman w7288 Policies to Foster Human Capital
Heckman, Humphries, and Mader w16064 The GED
 
Publications
Activities
Meetings
NBER Videos
Themes
Data
People
About

National Bureau of Economic Research, 1050 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138; 617-868-3900; email: info@nber.org

Contact Us