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Are you what you consume?: Impact of food, soft drinks, and coffee on cognitive and non-cognitive test scores

Thomas Sohnesen

No wp-2019-117, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: Cognitive and non-cognitive tests are key factors in many aspects of economics, especially within labour market analysis. Non-cognitive tests and personality traits are increasingly used, as these are found to be as critical as cognitive abilities for labour market outcomes, while they might be more malleable through life. Intake of caffeine and sugar immediately prior testing is also known to impact cognitive test scores, while almost nothing is known about any similar impact on personality test scores.

Keywords: Cognitive test; Non-cognitive test; Measurement error; Caffeine; Glucose; Labour market; Cognitive ability; Personality traits (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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