Skills Begets Skills

James Heckman’s reply to Promoting Social Mobility in the Boston Review, a forum on using early intervention to reduce inequality:

Skills Begets Skills. The early years are crucial in creating the abilities, motivation, and other personality traits that produce success downstream: in school, in the workforce, and in other aspects of life. Environments and investments matter for producing skills over the entire life cycle but are particularly effective when children are very young—from birth to age five.