14th journées Louis-André Gérard-Varet

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Higher Education and Non-Cognitive Skills
Ed Hopkins

Last modified: 2015-03-15


This paper proposes a new theory of higher education. Successfully
completing a university level qualification requires substantial
non-cognitive skills, such as self-control and patience. It is shown using
a model of dynamic self-control preferences that the lower the minimum
study requirement imposed by a degree programme and the longer it is, the

more information about ability, self-control and patience is contained in the decision to enter university and in the grades obtained while there.


The paper is clearly at a very early stage.


self-control, non-cognitive skills, higher education