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The Development of non-cognitive skills in adolescence


Höschler, Peter; Balestra, Simone; Backes-Gellner, Uschi (2018). The Development of non-cognitive skills in adolescence. Economics Letters, 163:40-45.

Abstract

We use a unique longitudinal data set to study the development of non-cognitive skills in adolescence. We measure – for the first time – the development over six years of the recently introduced non-cognitive skill “Grit.” We also measure the traditional Big Five personality traits. For Grit, we find significant within-person mean-level increases of about .5 standard deviation units for our sample of adolescent students. These increases are comparable with increases in the Big Five, where conscientiousness, agreeableness, and emotional stability also increase with similar magnitude. We show that these changes are heterogeneous and robust to reasonable measurement error.

Abstract

We use a unique longitudinal data set to study the development of non-cognitive skills in adolescence. We measure – for the first time – the development over six years of the recently introduced non-cognitive skill “Grit.” We also measure the traditional Big Five personality traits. For Grit, we find significant within-person mean-level increases of about .5 standard deviation units for our sample of adolescent students. These increases are comparable with increases in the Big Five, where conscientiousness, agreeableness, and emotional stability also increase with similar magnitude. We show that these changes are heterogeneous and robust to reasonable measurement error.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:2018
Deposited On:13 Dec 2017 14:59
Last Modified:20 Feb 2018 08:57
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0165-1765
Additional Information:Published version of working paper: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-142791
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econlet.2017.11.012
Related URLs:https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-142791
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:15488

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