Cognitive skills, noncognitive skills, and school-to-work transitions in rural China


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Author: Glewwe, Paul; Huang, Qiuqiong; Park, Albert


Economists have long recognized the important role of formal schooling and cognitive skills on labor market participation and wages. More recently, increasing attention has turned to the role of personality traits, or noncognitive skills. This study is among the first to examine how both cognitive and noncognitive skills measured in childhood predict educational attainment and early labor market outcomes in a developing country setting. Analyzing longitudinal data on rural children from one of China's poorest provinces, [the authors] find that both cognitive and noncognitive skills,...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Employment; Demographics; Teaching and learning; Outcomes; Statistics

Keywords: Transition from education and training to employment; Rural; Schooling; Longitudinal data; Data analysis; Cognitive abilities; Interpersonal competence; Attainment; Return on education and training

Geographic subjects: China; Asia

Published: Bonn, Germany: IZA, 2017

Physical description: 43 p.

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Series: IZA discussion paper; no. 10566

Resource type: Discussion paper

Document number: TD/TNC 127.979

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