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Socio-emotional Skills Matter
July 25, 2012 | Contribution by SERGIO URZUA

Sergio Urzua is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland. He was interviewed by the JKP on May 11, 2012.

We’ve long known that cognitive skills, such as literacy and numeracy, matter greatly for employment and wages. But how about non-cognitive skills – the “soft” skills, such as self-esteem and motivation?

We spoke with Sergio Urzua, Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland, whose research has focused on how these different types of skills determine schooling decisions, labor market outcomes, and social behavior. He says new evidence shows that the socio-emotional skills also matter greatly for labor markets, and deficits in these skills may feed into income inequality.

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