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University education and non-cognitive skill development


"We examine the effect of university education on students' non-cognitive skills (NCS) using high-quality Australian longitudinal data. To isolate the skill-building effects of tertiary education, we follow the education decisions and NCS - proxied by the Big Five personality traits - of 575 adolescents over eight years. Estimating a standard skill production function, we demonstrate a robust positive relationship between university education and extraversion, and agreeableness for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The effects are likely to operate through exposure to university life rather than through degree-specific curricula or university-specific teaching quality. As extraversion and agreeableness are associated with socially beneficial behaviours, we propose that university education may have important non-market returns." (Author's abstract, IAB-Doku) ((en))

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Autorin / Autor

  • Kassenboehmer, Sonja C.
  • Leung, Felix
  • Schurer, Stefanie

Bibliografische Daten

Kassenboehmer, Sonja C.; Leung, Felix; Schurer, Stefanie (2018): University education and non-cognitive skill development. In: Oxford Economic Papers, Vol. 70, No. 2, S. 538-562.