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Children’s patience and school-track choices several years later: Linking experimental and field data

Silvia Angerer, Jana Bolvashenkova, Daniela Glätzle-Rützler, Philipp Lergetporer and Matthias Sutter ()
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Silvia Angerer: UMIT – Private University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology
Jana Bolvashenkova: ifo Institute at the University of Munich
Daniela Glätzle-Rützler: University of Innsbruck
Philipp Lergetporer: Ohio University

No 2021_12, Discussion Paper Series of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods from Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods

Abstract: We present direct evidence on the link between children’s patience and educational-track choices years later. Combining an incentivized patience measure of 493 primary-school children with their high-school track choices taken at least three years later at the end of middle school, we find that patience significantly predicts choosing an academic track. This relationship remains robust after controlling for a rich set of covariates, such as family background, school-class fixed effects, risk preferences, and cognitive abilities, and is not driven by sample attrition. Accounting for middle-school GPA as a potential mediating factor suggests a direct link between patience and educational-track choice.

Keywords: patience; education; school track choice; children; lab-in-the-field experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 D90 I21 J2 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021-05-21
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