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Do Non-Cognitive Skills Help Explain The Occupational Segregation Of Young People?

Date Added: Jul 2010
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This paper investigates the role of non-cognitive skills in the occupational segregation of young workers entering the U.S. labor market. The authors find entry into male-dominated fields of study and male-dominated occupations are both related to the extent to which individuals believe they are intelligent and have "Male" traits while entry into male-dominated occupations is also related to the willingness to work hard, impulsivity, and the tendency to avoid problems. The nature of these relationships differs for men and women, however.