University education and non-cognitive skill development

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Author: Kassenboehmer, Sonja C.; Leung, Felix; Schurer, Stefanie


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...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Higher education; Providers of education and training; Disadvantaged; Skills and knowledge; Outcomes

Keywords: Longitudinal study; Human capital; Skill development; Generic skills; Social aspects; University; Institutional role; Return on education and training

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 2018

Physical description: 25 p.

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Journal title: Oxford economic papers

ISSN: 0030-7653, 1464-3812 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 131.574

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