You might not think of soft skills as skills at all. They involve things like being able to pay attention and focus, being curious and open to new experiences, and being able to control your temper and not get frustrated.
All these soft skills are very important in getting a job. And Heckman discovered that you don’t get them in high school, or in middle school, or even in elementary school. You get them in preschool….
– A New Cost-Benefit and Rate of Return Analysis for the Perry Preschool Program: A Summary
Source: James J. Heckman, Seong Hyeok Moon, Rodrigo Pinto, Peter Savelyev, Adam Yavitz, NBER Working Paper 16180, July 2010
– The Productivity Argument for Investing in Young Children
Source: James J. Heckman and Dimitriy V. Masterov, Review of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 29 no. 3, Fall 2007
– Analyzing Social Experiments as Implemented: A Reexamination of the Evidence from the HighScope Perry Preschool Program
Source: James Heckman, Seong Hyeok Moon, Rodrigo Pinto, Peter Savelyev, Adam Yavitz, Quantitative Economics, Volume 1, Issue 2, November 2010