Technical Report Historical Education Levels and Present-Day Non-Cognitive Skill

Yamamura, Eiji

952pp.1 - 28 , 2015-12 , The Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University
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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.

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