Economics analysis of complex social reality?
book, Ny Times blog
A chapter in the book identifies what his analysis says is related to kids' success in school (Educating Kids, though it's worth noting that success in school might be a misleading target if schools are aimed in the wrong direction):
positively correlated: parents are well educated; parents are in high socioeconomic position; mother didn't have first child until 30+; parents speak english; parent(s) on PTA; house has many books in it
negatively correlated: low birthweight; adopted
un-correlated: family is intact (Nuclear Family); family recently moved to new/better home; mother didn't work (until child in 1st grade) (Two Income Family); attended HeadStart; frequently taken to museums; spanked regularly; watching lots of TV; parents read to child daily!
The blog and the follow-up book have gotten increasing criticism
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