The Role of Confidence and Noncognitive Skills for Post-Baccalaureate Academic and Labor Market Outcomes

46 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2017

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Weiwei Chen

University of Memphis - Economics

Wayne A. Grove

Le Moyne College - Department of Economics

Andrew Hussey

University of Memphis - Economics

Date Written: March 20, 2017

Abstract

Increasingly researchers include information about noncognitive abilities in their analyses of similar people's educational choices and subsequent labor market outcomes. We contribute to this literature by considering the dual roles of confidence in one’s abilities and noncognitive skills and characteristics in predicting several subsequent MBA program and employment outcomes among a sample of GMAT test takers, with a focus on identifying possible gender differences in these relationships. Self-reported noncognitive skills correlate similarly for men’s and women’s managerial, earnings and employment satisfaction outcomes. In contrast, though, distinct gender differences emerge regarding perceptions of one's mathematical and verbal ability — with confidence in quantitative ability especially associated with men’s and confidence in verbal ability mainly associated with women’s outcomes. Non-linearity analysis reveals that lower earnings are correlated with men who have low confidence in their quantitative ability and with women who have high confidence in their verbal ability.

Keywords: Confidence; Noncognitive Skills; Gender Differences; Human Capital Investments; Master of Business Administration (MBA)

JEL Classification: J16; J24; J28; J31; J44; I23; I26

Suggested Citation

Chen, Weiwei and Grove, Wayne A. and Hussey, Andrew J., The Role of Confidence and Noncognitive Skills for Post-Baccalaureate Academic and Labor Market Outcomes (March 20, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2940431 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2940431

Weiwei Chen

University of Memphis - Economics ( email )

Memphis, TN 38152
United States

Wayne A. Grove

Le Moyne College - Department of Economics ( email )

1419 Salt Springs Road
Syraucse, NY 13214

HOME PAGE: http://webserver.lemoyne.edu/grovewa/

Andrew J. Hussey (Contact Author)

University of Memphis - Economics ( email )

Memphis, TN 38152
United States

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