University of Sydney, Australia, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Associate Professor, School of Economics, University of Sydney, Australia
Economics of human development, inequality, health economics
Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Health and Applied Economics, University of Sydney; Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor), Econometrics, Victoria University of Wellington; Research Fellow, University of Melbourne
PhD Economics, Ruhr University of Bochum, 2008
"Origins of adulthood personality: The role of adverse childhood experiences." BE Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy (2017) (with J. Fletcher).
"The stability of personality traits during adolescence and young adulthood." Journal of Economic Psychology (2017)(with R. Elkins and S. Kassenboehmer).
"Lifecycle patterns in the socioeconomic gradient of risk preferences." Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 119 (2015): 482–495.
"The stability of the big-five personality traits." Economics Letters (2012) (with D. Cobb-Clark).
"Two economists' musings on the stability of locus of control." The Economic Journal 123:570 (2013) (with D. Cobb-Clark).
Does education strengthen the life skills of adolescents?
Secondary and higher education are windows of opportunity for boosting students’ life skillsStefanie Schurer, June 2017Life skills, sometimes referred to as noncognitive skills or personality traits (e.g. conscientiousness or locus of control—the belief to influence events and their outcomes), affect labor market productivity. Policymakers and academics are thus exploring whether such skills should be taught at the high school or college level. A small portfolio of recent studies shows encouraging evidence that education could strengthen life skills in adolescence. However, as no uniform approach exists on which life skills are most important and how to best measure them, many important questions must be answered before life skill development can become an integral part of school curricula.MoreLess