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Do Non-Cognitive Skills Help Explain the Occupational Segregation of Young People?


Heather Antecol


Claremont Colleges - Robert Day School of Economics and Finance; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Deborah A. Cobb-Clark


University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

July 20, 2010

Claremont McKenna College Robert Day School of Economics and Finance Research Paper No. 2010-02

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This paper investigates the role of non-cognitive skills in the occupational segregation of young workers entering the U.S. labor market. We find entry into male-dominated fields of study and male-dominated occupations are both related to the extent to which individuals believe they are intelligent and have “male” traits while entry into male-dominated occupations is also related to the willingness to work hard, impulsivity, and the tendency to avoid problems. The nature of these relationships differs for men and women, however. Non-cognitive skills (intelligence and impulsivity) also influence movement into higher-paid occupations, but in ways that are similar for men and women. On balance, non-cognitive skills provide an important, though incomplete, explanation for segregation in the fields that young men and women study as well as in the occupations in which they are employed.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 43

Keywords: non-cognitive skills, occupation, youth, gender

JEL Classification: J24, J16, J31

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Date posted: July 23, 2010  

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Antecol, Heather and Cobb-Clark, Deborah A., Do Non-Cognitive Skills Help Explain the Occupational Segregation of Young People? (July 20, 2010). Claremont McKenna College Robert Day School of Economics and Finance Research Paper No. 2010-02. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1647209 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1647209

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Heather Antecol (Contact Author)
Claremont Colleges - Robert Day School of Economics and Finance ( email )
500 E. Ninth Street
Claremont, CA 91711
United States
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research ( email )
Level 5, 111 Barry Street
Parkville, Victoria 3010
Australia
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
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