Do Belonging and Significance Matter In Life Outcomes?

Isard Dunietz
In recent years there has been an increased appreciation of the predictive power of non-cognitive skills to adult, life outcomes. While these non-cognitive skills include all sorts of personality traits, one aspect of human capital, Intrinsic Capital (IC), has been understudied. IC is the subjective sense of belonging and significance of individuals to their social environments. This thesis demonstrates that IC predicts important life outcomes measured decades later---and that IC matters much more than IQ...
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