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Historical education levels and present-day non-cognitive skills

Eiji Yamamura

EERI Research Paper Series from Economics and Econometrics Research Institute (EERI), Brussels

Abstract: I examined the extent to which education levels in the 19th century have shaped current norms, which influence individuals’ present-day non-cognitive skills and perceptions of life. Cross-country, individual-level data were compared with each country’s average years of schooling in 1870. After controlling for various country-level and individual characteristics, the key findings were as follows: (1) people in countries with high historical education levels place importance on hard work, ambition, and education; (2) people in countries with high historical education levels tend to show perseverance and have a sense of responsibility.

Keywords: Historical education level; norms; non-cognitive skills. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I25 D83 Z13 N30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016-01-13
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