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Can We Teach Emotional Intelligence


Ernesto Reuben


Columbia Business School - Management; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Paola Sapienza


Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management - Department of Finance; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Luigi Zingales


University of Chicago - Booth School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); University of Chicago - Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

October 1, 2009

Columbia Business School Research Paper

Abstract:     
We conduct a field experiment to test whether (and how) emotional intelligence can be taught effectively in a short course. We randomly assign MBA students to an emotional intelligence course, a resiliency course, and a “placebo” course. We compare their emotional intelligences, as measured by the MSCEIT, before and after the sixteen-hour course. We find that students in the emotional intelligence course increase their MSCEIT score by 5 standard score points, students in the resiliency course by 4 standard score points, while students in the placebo course show no change. Furthermore, in the emotional intelligence course this improvement is positively related to class attendance. Students who never missed class increase their MSCEIT score by 10 standard score points.

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Keywords: emotional intelligence, MSCEIT, resiliency

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Date posted: August 24, 2011  

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Reuben, Ernesto and Sapienza, Paola and Zingales, Luigi, Can We Teach Emotional Intelligence (October 1, 2009). Columbia Business School Research Paper. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1915471 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1915471

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Ernesto Reuben (Contact Author)
Columbia Business School - Management ( email )
3022 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
United States

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
Paola Sapienza
Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management - Department of Finance ( email )
Evanston, IL 60208
United States
847-491-7436 (Phone)
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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
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London, EC1V 3PZ
United Kingdom
Luigi Zingales
University of Chicago - Booth School of Business ( email )
5807 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
United States
773-702-3196 (Phone)
773-834-2081 (Fax)

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
77 Bastwick Street
London, EC1V 3PZ
United Kingdom
University of Chicago - Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship
Chicago, IL 60637
United States
European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)
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Belgium
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