The Intergenerational Transmission of Noncognitive Skills and Their Effect on Education and Employment Outcomes
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.
Mendez, Ildefonso and Zamarro, Gema, "The Intergenerational Transmission of Noncognitive Skills and Their Effect on Education and Employment Outcomes" (2015). Education Reform Faculty and Graduate Students Publications. 45.