Fourth Conference on Non-Cognitive Skills: Acquisition and Economic Consequences


For the fourth time the research network "Non-Cognitive Skills: cquisition and Economic Conse quences" which is funded by the Leibniz Association within the "Pakt für Forschung und Innovation 2008" is pleased to announce a conference on "Non-Cognitive Skills". The network consists of a co-operation of economic and psychological expertise of leading European research institutions, the research group of James Heckman at the Economic Research Center, Chicago and the Baden- Württemberg employer association Südwest metall including its educational institutions. In the conference we plan to discuss theories and research methods from different disciplines in order to study non-cognitive skills (such as motivation, persistence, elf-regulation) in the modern economy. The discussions will shed also some light on the priorities of education policy.

If you would like to attend the conference, please submit an abstract of your topic (350 words in English) together with complete contact information before June 30, 2010. We will inform you whether your proposal has been accepted before September 1, 2010.

Keynote Lectures:

  • Stephen Scott, Professor of Child Health and Behaviour, King’s College London (October 21, 2010)
  • Andrew Oswald, Professor of Economics, University of Warwick (October 22, 2010)

Scientific Committee:

Jo Blanden, Stephen Machin, Friedhelm Pfeiffer, Emma Tominey

Research Network Noncognitive Skills:

  • Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim
  • Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim
  • Centre for Quantitative Methods and Survey Research, Konstanz
  • Centre for the Economics of Education, London
  • Centre for Research on Intentions and Intentionality, Konstanz
  • Economics Research Center, Chicago
  • Socio-Economic Panel, Berlin
  • SÜDWESTMETALL, Stuttgart

Scientific Organisation:

Anja Achtziger, Jo Blanden, James J. Heckman, Manfred Laucht, Friedhelm Pfeiffer, Winfried Pohlmeier, C. Katharina Spiess

Call for Papers, (PDF file, 53 KB)


Programme, PDF file, 55 KB




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