Noncognitive Skills, School Achievements and Educational Dropout
ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 09-019
29 Pages Posted: 14 May 2009 Last revised: 23 Sep 2010
Date Written: July 2010
We analyse the determinants of dropout from secondary and vocational education in Germany using data from the Socio-Economic Panel from 2000 to 2007. In addition to the role of classical variables like family background and school achievements, we examine the effect of noncognitive skills. Both, better school grades and higher noncognitive skills reduce the risk to become an educational dropout. The influence of school achievements on the dropout probability tends to decrease and the influence of noncognitive skills tends to increase with age.
Keywords: noncognitive skills, school grades, secondary education, vocational training
JEL Classification: I21, J13, J24
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