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The Impact of Sustained Attention on Labor Market Outcomes: The Case of Ghana

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  • Chih Ming Tan

    () (Department of Economics, University of North Dakota, USA; The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, Italy)

  • Dhanushka Thamarapani

    () (Department of Economics, Clark University, USA)

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In this paper, we go beyond measures of cognitive abilities (IQ) in explaining labor market and social outcomes in developing countries. We exploit a rich dataset from Ghana that provides information on demographics, labor market outcomes, and a direct measure of cognitive ability along with other test scores to construct a measure of sustained attention. Our work is therefore related to the broader literature in Psychology on the importance of executive function on individual behavior and outcomes. We find that, at least for the case of Ghana, after controlling for IQ and other covariates, higher levels of sustained attention are associated with higher annual income, higher education and a higher likelihood of being employed in a white collar job.

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  • Chih Ming Tan & Dhanushka Thamarapani, 2015. "The Impact of Sustained Attention on Labor Market Outcomes: The Case of Ghana," Working Paper series 15-32, Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis.
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