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Estimating Cognitive gaps between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians

Leigh, Andrew; Gong, Xiaodong


Improving cognitive skills of young children has been suggested as a possible strategy for equalising opportunities across racial groups. Using data on four and five year olds in the Longitudinal Survey of Australian Children, we focus on two cognitive tests: the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, and the 'Who Am I?' test. We estimate the test score gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children to be about 0.3-0.4 standard deviations, suggesting that the typical Indigenous five year old has...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Education Economics
DOI: 10.1080/09645290802069418


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