The economics of non-cognitive skills

Camfield, Laura ORCID: (2014) The economics of non-cognitive skills. In: The Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics. Oxford Handbooks in Economics . Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-968711-4

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Non-cognitive skills, defined as individual differences that are independent of cognitive ability, are used within economics and policy to understand and improve labor market outcomes and reduce anti-social behavior. These measures are now being used in sub-Saharan Africa to capture “softer” outcomes of interventions with young people in particular. Having first defined non-cognitive skills and described how they are measured, this chapter then presents critiques relating to their relative insensitivity to culture and class. This argument as to the context specificity of non-cognitive skills is supported with qualitative and quantitative data generated with young entrepreneurs from Uganda and South Africa.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: non-cognitive skills,personality,entrpreneurs,youth,africa
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Gender and Development
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Impact Evaluation
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Life Course, Migration and Wellbeing
University of East Anglia Schools > Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2015 15:28
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2023 01:29
DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199687114.013.34

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