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Leadership Skills and Wages Revisited: Is There a Causal Relation?

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  • Ozkan Eren

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    (Department of Economics, University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

  • I. Serkan Ozbeklik

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    (Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, Claremont McKenna College)

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This paper examines the role of holding a leadership position in high school on adult earnings and assesses the sensitivity of the previously found positive association to nonrandom selection bias. Using a recently developed procedure, we show that a substantial part of this relation is causal. Moreover, our results indicate evidence in favor of the hypothesis that leadership skills are acquired during high school.

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Paper provided by University of Nevada, Las Vegas , Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1002.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2010
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Handle: RePEc:nlv:wpaper:1002

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Keywords: Implied Ratio; Noncognitive Skills and Selection on Unobservables.;

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