Do universities shape their students’ non-cognitive skills?

Schurer, Stefanie, Kassenboehmer, Sonja C. and Leung, Felix (2015). Do universities shape their students’ non-cognitive skills?. LCC Working Paper Series 2015-24, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland.

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Author Schurer, Stefanie
Kassenboehmer, Sonja C.
Leung, Felix
Title Do universities shape their students’ non-cognitive skills?
School, Department or Centre Institute for Social Science Research
Institution The University of Queensland
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Series LCC Working Paper Series
Report Number 2015-24
Publication date 2015-11
Total pages 46
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper examines the effects of university education on students’ non-cognitive skills, an alternative component of human capital, using data from an Australian birth cohort. We follow the educational decisions and the evolution of non-cognitive skills - proxied by the Big Five personality traits and mental health - of 618 adolescents over eight years. We pay particular attention to possible interactions between university education and socioeconomic status. We find that university education has significant effects on outward orientation and mental health, and agreeableness for students from low socioeconomic status. These effects cannot be explained by individual-specific heterogeneity, time-varying life events, work experience or differences in the initial level of non cognitive skills. The buffering effects of university education on extraversion are equally strong across all university groups and fields of study, suggesting that they are not driven by self-selection of students into specific degrees or universities
Keyword University education
Non-cognitive skills
Human capital
Public provision of education
Socioeconomic disadvantage
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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