Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/227331
Authors: 
Mitchell, Mark
Favara, Marta
Porter, Catherine
Sanchez, Alan
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 13804
Abstract: 
We estimate a dynamic model of multidimensional human capital development from childhood through adolescence and into early adulthood for a Peruvian cohort born in 1994. We exploit multiple measures of cognitive and socio-emotional skills and a latent factor structure to estimate flexible skills production functions between the ages of 8 and 22. We focus particularly on socio-emotional skill development, and provide the first estimates of such skill production over such a long period in a developing country context. In the last period, when individuals reach adulthood at age 22, we show that socio-emotional skills can be separated into two distinct domains - social skills and task effectiveness skills- which develop differently especially with regard to time use and cross-productivity with cognition. We find that individuals with higher task effectiveness are less likely to have engaged in risky behaviours such as smoking, taking drugs, and engaging with gangs.
Subjects: 
human capital
child development
dynamic factor analysis
socio-emotional skills
JEL: 
C38
J13
J24
O15
O54
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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