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The Importance of Family Income in the Formation and Evolution of Non-Cognitive Skills in Childhood

Jason Fletcher, Barbara L. Wolfe

NBER Working Paper No. 22168
Issued in April 2016
NBER Program(s):CH, ED, HE

Little is known about the relationship between family income and children’s non-cognitive (or socio-emotional) skill formation. This is an important gap, as these skills have been hypothesized to be a critical link between early outcomes and adult socioeconomic status. This paper presents new evidence of the importance of family income in the formation and evolution of children’s non-cognitive skills using a recent US panel dataset that tracks children between grades K-5. Findings suggest an important divergence in non-cognitive skills based on family income that accumulates over time and does not seem to be explained by children’s health status differences.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w22168

Published: Jason M. Fletcher & Barbara Wolfe, 2016. "The importance of family income in the formation and evolution of non-cognitive skills in childhood," Economics of Education Review, vol 54, pages 143-154. citation courtesy of

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