nep-neu New Economics Papers
on Neuroeconomics
Issue of 2017‒08‒13
two papers chosen by

  1. The Rising Return to Non-Cognitive Skill By Edin, Per-Anders; Fredriksson, Peter; Nybom, Martin; Öckert, Björn
  2. Working Paper 281 - Early Childbearing, School Attainment and Cognitive Skills By AfDB AfDB

  1. By: Edin, Per-Anders (IFAU); Fredriksson, Peter (Stockholm University); Nybom, Martin (SOFI, Stockholm University); Öckert, Björn (IFAU)
    Abstract: We examine the changes in the relative rewards to cognitive and non-cognitive skill during the time period 1992–2013. Using unique administrative data for Sweden, we document a secular increase in the returns to non-cognitive skill, which is particularly pronounced in the private sector and at the upper-end of the wage distribution. Workers with an abundance of non-cognitive skill were increasingly sorted into occupations that were intensive in: cognitive skill; as well as abstract, non-routine, social, non-automatable and offshorable tasks. Such occupations were also the types of occupations which saw greater increases in the relative return to non-cognitive skill. Moreover, we show that greater emphasis is placed on noncognitive skills in the promotion to leadership positions over time. These pieces of evidence are consistent with a framework where non-cognitive, inter-personal, skills are increasingly required to coordinate production within and across workplaces.
    Keywords: wage inequality, sorting, returns to skills, cognitive skills, noncognitive skills
    JEL: J24 J31
    Date: 2017–07
  2. By: AfDB AfDB
    Date: 2017–08–01

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