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The causal impact of socio-emotional skills training on educational success


Sorrenti, Giuseppe; Zölitz, Ulf; Ribeaud, Denis; Eisner, Manuel (2020). The causal impact of socio-emotional skills training on educational success. Working paper series / Department of Economics 343, University of Zurich.

Abstract

We study the long-term effects of a randomized intervention targeting children’s socio-emotional skills. The classroom-based intervention for primary school children has positive impacts that persist for over a decade. Treated children become more likely to complete academic high school and enroll in university. Two mechanisms drive these results. Treated children show fewer ADHD symptoms: they are less impulsive and less disruptive. They also attain higher grades, but they do not score higher on standardized tests. The long-term effects on educational attainment thus appear to be driven by changes in socio-emotional skills rather than cognitive skills.

Abstract

We study the long-term effects of a randomized intervention targeting children’s socio-emotional skills. The classroom-based intervention for primary school children has positive impacts that persist for over a decade. Treated children become more likely to complete academic high school and enroll in university. Two mechanisms drive these results. Treated children show fewer ADHD symptoms: they are less impulsive and less disruptive. They also attain higher grades, but they do not score higher on standardized tests. The long-term effects on educational attainment thus appear to be driven by changes in socio-emotional skills rather than cognitive skills.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
JEL Classification:C93, I21, I24, I26, J24
Uncontrolled Keywords:Socio-emotional skills, randomized intervention, child development, school tracking
Language:English
Date:March 2020
Deposited On:13 Mar 2020 12:25
Last Modified:13 Mar 2020 12:59
Series Name:Working paper series / Department of Economics
Number of Pages:86
ISSN:1664-705X
OA Status:Green
Official URL:https://www.econ.uzh.ch/static/release/workingpapers.php?id=1022

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