Economic stress, skills and life outcomes

Funding agency

Australian Research Council

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Project investigators

Research aims

Using a mix of (natural) experiments and advanced econometric modelling techniques, the project aims to identify the role of economic stress in non-cognitive skill (NCS) development and life outcomes such as health, education and labour market success. The project also aims to investigate the role of schooling in boosting NCS of disadvantaged children. This research will provide evidence-based policy advice on how human capital investments in non-cognitive skills (NCS), especially for disadvantaged children, can be beneficial for health, educational and labour market success, and b) how NCS can still be effective despite exposure to economic stress.


Kassenboehmer, S.C., Schurer, S., & Sulzmaier, D. (2019). ‘Gender Differences in the Lifecycle Benefits of Compulsory Schooling Policies’. Life Course Centre Working Paper Series, 2019-16. Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland.