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Body size at birth, physical development and cognitive outcomes in early childhood: evidence from the Longitudinal Survey of Australian Children

Ulker, Aydogan 2016, Body size at birth, physical development and cognitive outcomes in early childhood: evidence from the Longitudinal Survey of Australian Children, Education economics, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 142-166, doi: 10.1080/09645292.2014.986434.

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Title Body size at birth, physical development and cognitive outcomes in early childhood: evidence from the Longitudinal Survey of Australian Children
Author(s) Ulker, Aydogan
Journal name Education economics
Volume number 24
Issue number 2
Start page 142
End page 166
Total pages 27
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 0964-5292
1469-5782
Keyword(s) Australia
body size at birth
cognitive skills
early childhood
physical development
Summary Using a rich sample created from the Longitudinal Survey of Australian Children, we investigate the extent to which the relationship between body size at birth and early childhood cognitive skills is mediated by physical development indicators. Consistent with existing evidence from other countries, we find a significant relationship between body size at birth and future development among Australian children as well, in terms of both weight and length. Accounting for progressive measures of physical developments and other confounding factors, however, indicates that only a small proportion of this association works through these pathways, while most of it remains persistent.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09645292.2014.986434
Field of Research 140204 Economics of Education
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30069402

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Economics
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