Büttner, Bettina Thiel, Hendrik Thomsen, Stephan L.
Year of Publication:
ZEW Discussion Papers 11-007
Despite the interdependence between cognitive and noncognitive skills, empirical studies have shown a longer period of acquisition in life-time for the latter besides relevance for educational and labor market success. Analyzing returns of investments during different periods of life is therefore economically meaningful. We evaluate the effects of a substantial increase in the amount of curriculum per unit of time (learning intensity) at the end of higher secondary schooling on nine types of these skills. The results show no influence on the acquisition of noncognitive skills, indicating that personality does rather not depend on schooling investments in late adolescence.
Noncognitive skills human capital formation learning intensity natural experiment Big Five Locus of Control Reciprocity Self-Control