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

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posted on 01.01.2016, 00:00 authored by Aydogan UlkerAydogan Ulker
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.

History

Journal

Education economics

Volume

24

Issue

2

Pagination

142 - 166

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

London, Eng

ISSN

0964-5292

eISSN

1469-5782

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

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2015, Taylor & Francis