Skill formation and the economics of investing in disadvantaged children.

@article{Heckman2006SkillFA,
  title={Skill formation and the economics of investing in disadvantaged children.},
  author={James J. Heckman},
  journal={Science},
  year={2006},
  volume={312 5782},
  pages={1900-2}
}
This paper summarizes evidence on the effects of early environments on child, adolescent, and adult achievement. Life cycle skill formation is a dynamic process in which early inputs strongly affect the productivity of later inputs. 
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