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Socioemotional Skills, Education, and Health-Related Outcomes of High-Ability Individuals

Peter Savelyev () and Kegon Tan

No 15-00007, Vanderbilt University Department of Economics Working Papers from Vanderbilt University Department of Economics

Abstract: We estimate the effects of education and five well-established socioemotional skills on essential life outcomes including health behaviors, health-related lifestyles, earnings, as well as general and mental health. We supplement results in papers that treat socioemotional skills as a single-dimensional variable and find important heterogeneity that a one-dimensional representation does not capture. By combining factor-analytic modeling with a powerful procedure to account for multiple-hypothesis testing, we control for the ability bias, for the measurement error in proxies of socioemotional skills, and for the family-wise error rate. We also contribute to the still controversial discussion about the causal effect of education on health-related outcomes by using alternative methods to the use of natural experiments. We use the Terman data, a unique longitudinal study.

Keywords: college education; Big Five personality taxonomy; health behaviors; lifestyles; earnings; health; longevity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I0 J0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015-05-29
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