The research unit "Neuropsychology of Childhood and Adolescence" at the Central Institute of Mental Health and the educational group at the ZEW cooperated to study different development and environmental risks for school success. We investigated the relationship between initial conditions, cognitive and noncognitive skill formation and educational outcomes with the Mannheim Longitudinal Study of Children at Risk, 1986 to 2006. According to our results interpersonal differences in measured intelligence consolidate between the age of 2 and 5. Measured intelligence at the age of two month helps to explain the probability of having entered a Gymnasium at the age of 15. Since 2008 the cooperation is part of the research network "Noncognitive Skills: Acquisition and Economic Consequences".

Selected Publications

Discussion and Working Papers

Coneus, Katja and Friedhelm Pfeiffer (2007), Self-Productivity in Early Childhood, ZEW Discussion Paper No. 07-053, Mannheim. Download

Project duration

01.11.2006 - 31.12.2007

Project members

Prof. Dr. Manfred Laucht (Coordinator)
PD Dr. Friedhelm Pfeiffer (Coordinator)
Dorothea Blomeyer
Dr. Katja Coneus
Dr. Andrea Mühlenweg
Dr. Grit Mühler

Cooperation partner

Prof. Dr. Gerd G. Wagner, SOEP am DIW Berlin
Prof. Dr. Winfried Pohlmeier, Universität Konstanz, Konstanz, DE
Dr. Anja Achtziger, Universität Konstanz, Konstanz, DE
Prof. Dr. Stephen Machin, Center for the Economics of Education (CEE), London
Prof. Dr. C. Katharina Spieß, SOEP am DIW Berlin