Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/78689
Authors: 
Zetterberg, Johnny
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation 2005:16
Abstract: 
This paper investigates the impact on earnings of non-cognitive ability, measured in terms of individuals’ 'self-esteem' on earnings. Starting with the pre-market factor approach suggested by Neal & Johnson (1996) a main finding is that measures of relative self-esteem along with cognitive ability are positively correlated with earnings. The analysis also reveals that the returns to cognitive and non-cognitive ability vary over the earnings-distribution: the returns are larger at higher levels of earnings than at low levels. While qualitatively robust, the effects decrease in magnitude when an extended version of the pre-market factor model is used.
Subjects: 
Incentive-influencing preferences
cognitive ability
non-cognitive ability
relative and absolute self-esteem
earnings distribution
JEL: 
J31
M54
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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