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Socioemotional Skills, Education, and Health-Related Outcomes of High-Ability Individuals

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  • Savelyev, Peter A.

    () (College of William and Mary)

  • Tan, Kegon T.K.

    () (University of Rochester)

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We use the high IQ Terman sample to estimate relationships between education, socioemotional skills, and health-related outcomes that include health behaviors, lifestyles, and health measures across the lifecycle. By both focusing on a high IQ sample and controlling for IQ in regression models, we mitigate ability bias due to cognitive skill. In addition, we control for detailed personality measures to account for socioemotional skills. We model skills using factor analysis to address measurement error and adopt a powerful stepdown procedure to account for multiple hypothesis testing. We find that among high IQ subjects, education is linked to better health-related outcomes, in contrast to previous evidence. Conscientiousness, Openness, Extraversion, and Neuroticism are linked to various health-related outcomes across the lifecycle. Furthermore, we find that accounting for a comprehensive set of skills, measurement error, and multiple hypothesis testing not only provides greater confidence in several established relationships but also generates novel results.

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  • Savelyev, Peter A. & Tan, Kegon T.K., 2017. "Socioemotional Skills, Education, and Health-Related Outcomes of High-Ability Individuals," IZA Discussion Papers 11213, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    1. Orazio Attanasio & Richard Blundell & Gabriella Conti & Giacomo Mason, 2018. "Inequality in socioemotional skills: a cross-cohort comparison," Working Papers 2018-071, Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group.

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    Keywords

    college education; Big Five personality taxonomy; health behavior; lifestyle; health;

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    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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