Children of Socially Active Parents have Better Exam Results

RES logoIn the latest of out podcasts supporting the Royal Economic Society Conference 2008, Romesh Vaitilingam talks to Karl Taylor about how socially active parents choose to be and the effect that can have on their kids.

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Parents who are active in various kinds of clubs – from sports to charities, from political parties to religious groups – may raise the test scores of their children. That is the central finding of new research by Professor Sarah Brown and Dr Karl Taylor presented at the Royal Economic Society’s 2008 annual conference.

The report uses data from the National Child Development Study, which has tracked the lives of a representative sample of the British public born in a single week in 1958. It finds that the test scores of children in reading, mathematics and vocabulary tests are positively related to their parents’ level of social participation.

Find out more about this research from the Economics in Action blog or read more research papers by Karl Taylor at EconPapers.

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