Noncognitive Skills, Internet Use and Educational Dropout

34 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2008

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Katja Coneus

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

Johannes Gernandt

Center for European Economic Research (ZEW)

Marianne Saam

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research - Information and Communication Technologies Research Group

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

Using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel for the years 2000 to 2006 we analyze the determinants and labor market effects of educational dropout. In addition to classical variables like family background and occupation, we examine noncognitive skills and Internet use. Noncognitive skills and Internet availability at home are negatively associated with the probability of becoming an educational dropout. The wage gap between dropouts and those with completed school and professional education vanishes for males once we control for additional characteristics such as occupations, professional Internet use and noncognitive skills. For females it is reduced to four percent.

Keywords: education, unemployment, wages, noncognitive skills, computer use

JEL Classification: I21, J31 , O30

Suggested Citation

Coneus, Katja and Gernandt, Johannes and Saam, Marianne, Noncognitive Skills, Internet Use and Educational Dropout (2008). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 08-044, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1210142 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1210142

Katja Coneus (Contact Author)

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Johannes Gernandt

Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) ( email )

P.O. Box 10 34 43
L 7,1 D-68161 Mannheim
Germany

Marianne Saam

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research - Information and Communication Technologies Research Group ( email )

D-68034 Mannheim
Germany

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