Economics of Early Literacy and Music in New Zealand Households

Title

Economics of Early Literacy and Music in New Zealand Households

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Research Question

How does exposure to early literacy and music affect lifetime human capital development?

Award

Harris International Research Award

Significance

New Zealand has the highest rate of child deaths compared to other developed countries, and a greater proportion of New Zealand children grow up in relative poverty. The long-term goal of this research is to improve child wellbeing through enhanced human capital development and determine the role of the behavioral (e.g. familial altruism), environmental (e.g. community characteristics), and socioeconomic (e.g. household income) factors that may cause inequalities in music and literacy exposure for New Zealand children.

Methods Used

Econometrics, Utility Theory

Conclusions/Outcomes

The research may provide insight into the relationship between music and literacy from birth to early childhood, and how the combination of the two develops lifetime human capital. The results have implications for education policy makers and the creation of early literacy and music programs that can generate long-lasting positive development outcomes for children.

Publication Date

2017

Department

Agricultural Economics

Economics of Early Literacy and Music in New Zealand Households

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