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Initial Risk Matrix, Home Resources, Ability Development, and Children's Achievement

Dorothea Blomeyer, Katja Coneus, Manfred Laucht and Friedhelm Pfeiffer
Journal of the European Economic Association
Vol. 7, No. 2/3, Proceedings of the Twenty-Third Annual Congress of the European Economic Association (Apr. - May, 2009), pp. 638-648
Published by: Wiley on behalf of European Economic Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40282780
Page Count: 11
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Initial Risk Matrix, Home Resources, Ability Development, and Children's Achievement
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Abstract

This paper investigates the development of basic cognitive, motor, and noncognitive abilities from infancy to adolescence. We analyse the predictive power of these abilities, initial risk conditions, and home resources for children's achievement. Our data are taken from the Mannheim Study of Children at Risk (MARS), an epidemiological cohort study, which follows the long-term outcome of early risk factors. Results indicate that differences in abilities increase during childhood, although there is a remarkable stability in the distribution of the economic and socio-emotional home resources during childhood. Initial risk conditions trigger a cumulative effect. Cognitive, motor, and noncognitive abilities acquired during preschool age contribute to the prediction of children's achievement at school age.

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