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Title: Education and Non-cognitive Skills
Authors: Yvonne Chen Jie 
Lu Yi
Xie Huihua 
Keywords: Education
Noncognitive Skills
Compulsory Education Law
Regression Discontinuity
Jump and Kink
Issue Date: 26-Mar-2018
Citation: Yvonne Chen Jie, Lu Yi, Xie Huihua (2018-03-26). Education and Non-cognitive Skills. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Series/Report no.: Working Papers;LKYSPP 18-05
Abstract: In this paper we estimate the causal relationship between schooling and non- cognitive skills in later life. We exploit two exogenous changes in education policy in China and Indonesia and estimate the effect of schooling on non-cognitive skills as measured by the Locus of Control and five-factor model. We employ Regression Probability Jump and Kink Design (RPJK) for identification. Our results indicate that schooling leads to a less Internal Locus of Control, and makes individuals more conscientious, open and extroverted. The effect of schooling on non-cognitive skills can explain significant variation in returns to schooling on the labor market.
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