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The effect of education on cognitive ability

Torberg Falch () and Sofia Sandgren ()
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Sofia Sandgren: Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

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Abstract: We analyze whether the amount of schooling influences intelligence as measured by IQ tests. By use of a novel longitudinal dataset we are able to condition on early cognitive ability to account for selection into non-compulsory schooling when estimating the effect on cognitive ability at age 20. OLS estimates indicate that one year of schooling increases IQ by 2.8-3.5 points (about 0.2 standard deviations). When family income per family member and teacher evaluations of the individuals at age 10 are used as instruments for schooling and early cognitive ability, the return to schooling is estimated to 3.5-3.8 IQ points.

Keywords: Cognitive ability; Education production; Return to schooling (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 32 pages
Date: 2006-06-10
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Journal Article: THE EFFECT OF EDUCATION ON COGNITIVE ABILITY (2011)
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