- University of Sussex
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Polo Santa Marta, Via Cantarane 24, Stanza 1.59
The early acquisition of non-cognitive and social skills is now recognised as a
fundamental determinant of success in the labour market. Social network analysis can
provide an objective measure of these skills. Various network measures and different identification
strategies are used to examine evidence of the impact of these skills on adult
earnings, using a unique dataset (AddHealth). The results show that the social skills
effects are determined not just by the size of your network, but by the chosen identification
assumption, the intensity of networks, and how central you are in the network - i.e.
whether you are a "key player" or not. Our estimates indicate that there is a sizeable
direct impact with a one standard deviation increase in these high school network social
skills increasing earnings in adult life by between 3% and 8%.