Education & Health

The Role of Non-cognitive Skills in Improving Academic Performance

Project members:
Principal Investigator: Maryiam Haroon, Lahore School of Economics
Co-Principal Investigators: Farah Said, Lahore University of Management Sciences 
Mahniya Zafar, Lahore School of Economics

This research is funded by the Lahore School Research Development Fund (LSRDF). Improving educational achievement is an important concern for policy makers and academics. Despite significant progress towards increase in enrolment at all levels of education, only half of the students who appear for exams secure passing marks at undergraduate level. Recent developments in behavioral economics suggests that low cost behavioral and psychological interventions that focus on development of soft skills can achieve the desired improvement in learning outcomes within existing educational systems without requiring the usual costly structural changes. (AEA RCT Registry, the policy brief is available here: