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Type Journal Article
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title The Development of non-cognitive skills in adolescence
Organization Unit
  • Peter Höschler
  • Simone Balestra
  • Uschi Backes-Gellner
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published in final form
  • English
Journal Title Economics Letters
Publisher Elsevier
Geographical Reach international
ISSN 0165-1765
Volume 163
Page Range 40 - 45
Date 2018
Abstract Text We use a unique longitudinal data set to study the development of non-cognitive skills in adolescence. We measure – for the first time – the development over six years of the recently introduced non-cognitive skill “Grit.” We also measure the traditional Big Five personality traits. For Grit, we find significant within-person mean-level increases of about .5 standard deviation units for our sample of adolescent students. These increases are comparable with increases in the Big Five, where conscientiousness, agreeableness, and emotional stability also increase with similar magnitude. We show that these changes are heterogeneous and robust to reasonable measurement error.
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Digital Object Identifier 10.1016/j.econlet.2017.11.012
Other Identification Number merlin-id:15488
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Keywords Economics and Econometrics, Finance
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