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The impact of a study abroad programme on learning abilities and personality traits: evidence from a randomization

Silvia De Poli, Loris Vergolini () and Nadir Zanini

Applied Economics Letters, 2018, vol. 25, issue 8, 562-566

Abstract: Personality traits are increasingly considered as a powerful predictor of socio-economic success as academic achievement. In this article, we exploit the random assignment of applicants to a programme in order to retrieve unbiased estimates of the impact of studying abroad on both cognitive and noncognitive abilities. Our findings suggest that secondary school students, especially those considered ‘more able’, benefited from a 1-month experience abroad, as it enhanced both personality traits and language proficiency.

Date: 2018
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