Historical Education Levels and Present-Day Non-Cognitive Skill

29 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2015

Date Written: December 11, 2015

Abstract

This study examined the extent to which education levels in the 19th century have shaped current norms, which influence individuals' present-day non-cognitive skills and perceptions of life. Cross-country, individual-level data were compared with each country's average years of schooling in 1870. After controlling for various country-level and individual characteristics, the key findings were as follows: (1) people in countries with high historical education levels place importance on hard work, ambition, and education; (2) people in countries with high historical education levels tend to show perseverance and have a sense of responsibility.

Keywords: Historical education level, norms, non-cognitive skills

JEL Classification: I25, D83, Z13, N30

Suggested Citation

Yamamura, Eiji, Historical Education Levels and Present-Day Non-Cognitive Skill (December 11, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2702232 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2702232

Eiji Yamamura (Contact Author)

Seinan Gakuin University ( email )

6-2-92 Nishijin
Sawara-ku
Fukuoka 814-8511
Japan

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