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The importance of cognitive and social skills for the duration of unemployment

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  • Niepel, Verena

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This paper studies how cognitive and social skills in childhood are related to the duration of unemployment in adolescence and early adulthood. I estimate a flexible proportional hazard rate model for the probability of making a transition from unemployment to employment during an individual's first unemployment spell. The analysis is based on British cohort data from the National Child Development Study. Results show that higher cognitive and social skills at the age of 7 are associated with an increased probability of finding employment, even when controlling for educational attainment. For men, these effects are mostly driven by individuals with low social skills. The results are robust to controlling for family background, parenting activities and school characteristics. --

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Paper provided by ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research in its series ZEW Discussion Papers with number 10-104.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:zbw:zewdip:10104

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Keywords: unemployment duration; social skills; noncognitive skills; cognitive skills; early skills;

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  1. Van den Berg, Gerard J., 2000. "Duration Models: Specification, Identification, and Multiple Durations," MPRA Paper 9446, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. van den Berg, Gerard J, 1994. "The Effects of Changes of the Job Offer Arrival Rate on the Duration of Unemployment," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, University of Chicago Press, vol. 12(3), pages 478-98, July.
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  1. The importance of cognitive and social skills for the duration of unemployment
    by Kevin Denny in Geary Behaviour Centre on 2011-02-12 16:53:00
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  1. Jens Mohrenweiser, 2013. "Which firms train disadvantaged youth?," Economics of Education Working Paper Series, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU) 0087, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU).

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