In the research project "Economic Analysis of Pre-School Investments in Skills" we started to examine the technology of skill formation and the nature of the skill multiplier from early childhood. The transactions between the individual, her parents and other teachers shape human capital formation over the life cycle. Although many features of development are universal, benefits vary considerably between individuals, families, schools and the economy. Research indicates that manifold youthful impressions, the matrix of factors from the inside and the outside, exert a significant multiplier effect on later development. Economic research on the developmental process (based on reliable longitudinal data) is still rare, especially for early childhood. More research is needed to answer the question of how agents paid by the government or some other institution, namely teachers, can efficiently counteract poor home resources to improve children’s achievement, among others.The Leibniz network "Noncognitive Skills: Acquisition and Economic Consequences", an international and multidisciplinary effort initiated and coordinated by the ZEW, conducts applied research to reduce the gap in understanding the association between youthful impressions and human capital formation (until 2010).
Articles in Refereed Journals
Monographs, Contributions to Edited Volumes
Pfeiffer, Friedhelm and Karsten Reuß (2008), Ungleichheit und die differentiellen Erträge frühkindlicher Bildungsinvestitionen im Lebenszyklus , in: T. Apolte und A. Funcke Nomos, Baden-Baden, 25-34.
Discussion and Working Papers
Landvoigt, Tim, Grit Mühler and Friedhelm Pfeiffer (2007), Duration and Intensity of Kindergarten Attendance and Secondary School Track Choice, ZEW Discussion Paper No. 07-051, Mannheim. Download
Sprietsma, Maresa (2007), The Effect of Relative Age in the First Grade of Primary School on Long-Term Scholastic Results: International Comparative Evidence using PISA 2003, ZEW Discussion Paper No. 07-037, Mannheim, LLL:citation.label.journal: Education Economics. Download
01.10.2006 - 30.09.2008
Prof. Dr. Winfried Pohlmeier, Universität Konstanz, Konstanz, DE
Dr. Anja Achtziger, Universität Konstanz, Konstanz, DE
Prof. Dr. Alexander Kemnitz, Technische Universität Dresden
Prof. James J. Heckman, Universität Chicago (Koordinator)