The Causal Impact of Socio-Emotional Skills Training on Educational Success

University of Zurich, Department of Economics, Working Paper No. 343, 2020

88 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2020

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Giuseppe Sorrenti

University of Zurich

Ulf Zölitz

University of Zurich; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Denis Ribeaud

University of Zurich

Manuel Eisner

University of Cambridge - Institute of Criminology

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Date Written: March 2020

Abstract

We study the long-term effects of a randomized intervention targeting children’s socio-emotional skills. The classroom-based intervention for primary school children has positive impacts that persist for over a decade. Treated children become more likely to complete academic high school and enroll in university. Two mechanisms drive these results. Treated children show fewer ADHD symptoms: they are less impulsive and less disruptive. They also attain higher grades, but they do not score higher on standardized tests. The long-term effects on educational attainment thus appear to be driven by changes in socio-emotional skills rather than cognitive skills.

Keywords: Socio-Emotional Skills, Randomized Intervention, Child Development, School Tracking

JEL Classification: C93, I21, I24, I26, J24

Suggested Citation

Sorrenti, Giuseppe and Zölitz, Ulf and Ribeaud, Denis and Eisner, Manuel, The Causal Impact of Socio-Emotional Skills Training on Educational Success (March 2020). University of Zurich, Department of Economics, Working Paper No. 343, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3553837 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3553837

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Ulf Zölitz

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Denis Ribeaud

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Manuel Eisner

University of Cambridge - Institute of Criminology ( email )

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