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The influence of socioeconomic factors on cognitive and non-cognitive educational outcomes

José Manuel Cordero Ferrera (), Manuel Muñiz and Rosa Simancas Rodríguez ()
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José Manuel Cordero Ferrera: Universidad de Extremadura
Rosa Simancas Rodríguez: Universidad de Extremadura

Chapter 21 in Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación, 2015, vol. 10, pp 413-438 from Asociación de Economía de la Educación

Abstract: This paper aims to extending the literature about education production function by comparing the determinants of two different dimensions of educational outcomes, academic achievement and non-cognitive skills. For that purpose, we explore the information provided by self-report survey developed for the aim of this research, which allow us to obtain an innovative measure of non-cognitive skills based on questions about universal values such as democracy, tolerance or equality as well as others related to social and emotional skills like motivation or self-control. Using a Bayesian approach, we estimate the potential influence of multiple individual and family variables on both dimensions of educational outcomes. Our results show that, although there are some similarities, it is possible to find some important divergences with regard to some socioeconomic variables that have been traditionally considered as the most influential determinants of academic achievement, which do not seem to have a significant impact on the non-cognitive outcomes or even have the opposite effect.

Keywords: Education; non-cognitive skills; cognitive achievement; Bayesian approach (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 I29 I28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
ISBN: 978-84-944483-4-8
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