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Kristin Kleinjans (California State University): “Do Noncognitive Skills Change in Young Adulthood? Causal Evidence from a Sample of German Women”

The next meeting of BeNA in Summer Semester 2016 is taking place on Wednesday, May 11th, 6.15-7.45 pm at Humboldt University, Room 23.

We are glad to welcome Kristin Kleinjans (California State University, Fullerton) who will present her paper “Do Noncognitive Skills Change in Young Adulthood? Causal Evidence from a Sample of German Women”. Please see the abstract below. After the meeting we are all going out for a dinner. Everyone is welcome to join.

We would also like to encourage you to talk with Kristin about your research. In order to set up an appointment, please pick a time slot via Doodle. The office hour will take place at DIW Lounge (1st floor). For further information, please contact Alexandra Fedorets (afedorets@diw.de).

For all upcoming talks in the summer term have a look at the semester program.

Abstract “Do Noncognitive Skills Change in Young Adulthood? Causal Evidence from a Sample of German Women”

Noncognitive skills have a strong effect on economic outcomes. While it is well-known that noncognitive skills are malleable in childhood, much less is known about whether this is still the case in young adulthood because of a lack of causal evidence. In this paper, we study whether women’s noncognitive skills change in response to close relationships in young adulthood. We use the German reunification, which dramatically reduced marriage and childbearing at young ages, as a source of exogenous variation in close relationships during young adulthood and investigate whether close relationships affected noncognitive skills in middle age.