IC3JM research project

Effort and Social Inequality: Advancing Measurement and Understanding Parental Origin Effects

It can be said that success in life depends on the formula “ability + effort”, and the objective is to establish the extent to which there are social differences in effort. While impressive amounts of data exist on the determinants of cognitive abilities, there is scant evidence on socio-economic differences in cognitive effort.

By collecting experimental data for a large sample of school-age children and their parents in Madrid and Berlin, the findings will reveal who exerts more effort: individuals with privileged social origins or those with a disadvantaged background. The results of the project will help design policies to foster equal opportunities.

Project financed by the European Research Council (ERC); Principal Investigator: Jonas Radl

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