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What Determines Adult Cognitive Skills? Impacts of Pre-Schooling, Schooling and Post-Schooling Experiences in Guatemala

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  • Jere R. Behrman

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    (Population Studies Center and Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania)

  • John Hoddinott

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    (Food Consumption and Nutrition Division, International Food Policy Research Institute)

  • John A. Maluccio,

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    (Department of Economics, Middlebury College)

  • Erica Soler-Hampejsek

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    (Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania)

  • Emily L. Behrman

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    (Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania)

  • Reynaldo Martorell

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    (Hubert Department of Global Health, Emory University)

  • Manuel Ramirez-Zea

    ()
    (Hubert Department of Global Health, Emory University)

  • Aryeh D. Stein

    ()
    (Hubert Department of Global Health, Emory University)

Abstract

Most investigations of the importance of and the determinants of adult cognitive skills assume that (a) they are produced primarily by schooling and (b) schooling is statistically predetermined. But these assumptions may lead to misleading inferences about impacts of schooling and of pre-schooling and post-schooling experiences on adult cognitive skills. This study uses an unusually rich longitudinal data set collected over 35 years in Guatemala to investigate production functions for adult (i) reading-comprehension and (ii) nonverbal cognitive skills as dependent on behaviorally-determined pre-schooling, schooling and post-schooling experiences

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Paper provided by Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania in its series PIER Working Paper Archive with number 06-027.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: 01 Oct 2006
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Handle: RePEc:pen:papers:06-027

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Keywords: education; schooling; Guatemala; nutrition; economic development; Latin America; experience; Flynn effect; stunting;

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  1. Behrman, Jere R. & Murphy, Alexis & Quisumbing, Agnes & Ramakrishnan,Usha & Yount, Kathyrn, 2006. "What is the real impact of schooling on age of first union and age of first parenting ? New evidence from Guatemala," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4023, The World Bank.
  2. John A. Maluccio, & John Hoddinott & Jere R. Behrman & Reynaldo Martorell & Agnes R. Quisumbing & Aryeh D. Stein, 2003. "The Impact of Nutrition during Early Childhood on Education among Guatemalan Adults," PIER Working Paper Archive 06-026, Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania, revised 01 Aug 2006.
  3. Jere R. Behrman & John Hoddinott & John A. Maluccio & Reynaldo Martorell, 2009. "Brains versus Brawn: Labor Market Returns to Intellectual and Health Human Capital in a Poor Developing Country," Middlebury College Working Paper Series, Middlebury College, Department of Economics 0907, Middlebury College, Department of Economics.
  4. Cutler, David M. & Lleras-Muney, Adriana, 2010. "Understanding Differences in Health Behaviors by Education," Scholarly Articles 5344195, Harvard University Department of Economics.
  5. Maluccio, John A. & Hoddinott, John & Behrman, Jere R. & Martorell, Reynaldo & Quisumbing, Agnes R. & Stein, Aryeh D., 2006. "The impact of an experimental nutritional intervention in childhood on education among Guatemalan adults:," FCND briefs, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 207, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  6. Tarozzi, Alessandro, 2008. "Growth reference charts and the nutritional status of Indian children," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 6(3), pages 455-468, December.
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