Abilities, Attitudes, Behaviors and their Effects on Economic Outcomes

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dc.contributor.author WEISS, Christoph
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-13T15:34:10Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-13T15:34:10Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/17178
dc.description Defence date: 10 May 2011
dc.description Examining Board: Professor Richard Spady, Johns Hopkins University (External Supervisor) Professor Luigi Guiso, European University Institute Professor Flavio Cunha, University of Pennsylvania Professor Carmit Segal, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
dc.description.abstract This thesis takes latent variables seriously. It consists of three chapters discussing the determinants of economic success for a British cohort. The evidence presented shows that abilities during childhood and adolescence are important predictors of adult educational, labor market and social outcomes. The problem is that abilities are unobserved. I hence rely on a novel item response theory method (Spady 2007) to measure these unobservables by using questions that are related to them. The assumption is that the latent variables cause the outcomes of interest but also the answers to questions that provide the basis for their measurement.
dc.language.iso en
dc.relation.ispartofseries EUI PhD theses en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Department of Economics en
dc.title Abilities, Attitudes, Behaviors and their Effects on Economic Outcomes en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.identifier.doi 10.2870/27472
dc.neeo.contributor WEISS|Christoph|aut|
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