University education and non-cognitive skill development
Sonja C Kassenboehmer,
Felix Leung and
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Sonja Cornelia de New
Oxford Economic Papers, 2018, vol. 70, issue 2, 538-562
We examine the effect of university education on studentsâ€™ 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 NCSâ€”proxied by the Big Five personality traitsâ€”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.
JEL-codes: H52 I12 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (8) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:oup:oxecpp:v:70:y:2018:i:2:p:538-562.
Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
Access Statistics for this article
Oxford Economic Papers is currently edited by A. Banerjee and James Forder
More articles in Oxford Economic Papers from Oxford University Press Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP, UK.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Oxford University Press ( this e-mail address is bad, please contact ) and Christopher F. Baum ().