The Intergenerational Transmission of Noncognitive Skills and Their Effect on Education and Employment Outcomes

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culture, civic capital, child qualities, non-cognitive skills, education, employment


We use information on second-generation migrants to study the existence of a cultural component on the formation process of noncognitive skills and its effect on education and employment outcomes. Our measures of noncognitive skills include: personality traits that children are encouraged to learn and civic capital. Individuals whose cultural heritage places a lower value on child qualities positively associated to the conscientiousness personality factor report lower education, worse occupational status and lower wages on average. Individuals with a higher inherited civic capital declare a higher educational level, but we find no effect of civic capital on adult labor market outcomes.


EDRE Working Paper 2015-04