Inaugural Conference on Noncognitive Skills: Acquisition and Economic Consequences


This is the first conference of the research network "Non-Cognitive Skills: Acquisition and Economic Consequences" which is funded by the Leibniz Association within the "Pakt für Forschung und Innovation 2008". 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 Südwestmetall 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, self-regulation) in the modern economy. The discussions will shed also some light on the priorities of education policy. Our network is open to further researchers. Particularly, we aim at integrating and supporting young researchers, especially Ph.D. students.

Keynote Lecturers:

  • James J. Heckman, University of Chicago (May 15, 2008): Noncognitive Skills and Human Capital Formation
  • Peter M. Gollwitzer, University of Konstanz and New York University (May 17, 2008): Noncognitive Skills and the Limits to Intentionality

Scientific Organisation:

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

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

Program, PDF file, 57 KB

Pictures from the Event

Additional literature by network partners

Additional research papers by network partners and related to the conference topic are available with the authors' permission:

Blomeyer/Treutlein/Esser/Schmidt/Schumann/Laucht: Interaction between CRHR1 Gene and Stressful Life Events Predicts Adolescent Heavy Alcohol Use

Kliegel/Mackinlay/Jäger: Complex Prospective Memory: Development Across the Lifespan and the Role of Task Interruption

Kliegel/Martin/McDaniel/Einstein/Moor: Realizing complex delayed intentions in young and old adults: The role of planning aids

Kliegel/Ropeter/Mackinlay: Complex Prospective Memory in Children with ADHD

Kliegel/Jäger: The effects of age and cue-action reminders on event-based prospective memory performance in preschoolers

Laucht/Becker/Blomeyer/Schmidt: Novelty Seeking Involved in Mediating the Association Between the Dopamine D4 Receptor Gene Exon III Polymorphism and Heavy Drinking in Male Adolescents: Results from a High-Risk Community Sample

Laucht/Eesser/Baving/Gerhold/Hoesch/Ihle/Steigleder/Stock/Stoehr/Weindrich/Schmidt: Behavioral Sequelae of Perinatal Insults and Early Family Adversity at 8 Years of Age

Pitzera/Esser/Schmidt/Laucht: Temperament in the developmental course: a longitudinal comparison of New York Longitudinal Study–derived dimensions with the Junior Temperament and Character Inventory

Zöllig/West/Martin/Altgassen/Lemke/Kliegel: Neural correlates of prospective memory across the lifespan

Please contact Andrea Mühlenweg if you are interested in these working papers.




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