Historical Education Levels and Present-Day Non-Cognitive Skill
29 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2015
Date Written: December 11, 2015
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
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