Socioemotional Skills, Education, and Health-Related Outcomes of High-Ability Individuals

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Peter A. Savelyev

College of William and Mary - Department of Economics

Kegon Tan

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Economics; University of Wisconsin - Madison - Institute for Research on Poverty

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Date Written: November 30, 2017

Abstract

We use the high IQ Terman sample to estimate relationships between education, socioemotional skills, and health-related outcomes that include health behaviors, lifestyles, and health measures across the lifecycle. By both focusing on a high IQ sample and controlling for IQ in regression models, we mitigate ability bias due to cognitive skill. In addition, we control for detailed personality measures to account for socioemotional skills. We model skills using factor analysis to address measurement error and adopt a powerful stepdown procedure to account for multiple hypothesis testing. We find that among high IQ subjects, education is linked to better health-related outcomes, in contrast to previous evidence. Conscientiousness, Openness, Extraversion, and Neuroticism are linked to various health-related outcomes across the lifecycle. Furthermore, we find that accounting for a comprehensive set of skills, measurement error, and multiple hypothesis testing not only provides greater confidence in several established relationships but also generates novel results.

Keywords: college education, Big Five personality taxonomy, health behavior, lifestyle, health

JEL Classification: I12, J24

Suggested Citation

Savelyev, Peter A. and Tan, Kegon, Socioemotional Skills, Education, and Health-Related Outcomes of High-Ability Individuals (November 30, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2450869 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2450869

Peter A. Savelyev (Contact Author)

College of William and Mary - Department of Economics ( email )

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Kegon Tan

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Economics ( email )

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Madison, WI 53706
United States

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Institute for Research on Poverty

1180 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706
United States

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