Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/121904
Authors: 
Angelini, Viola
Bertoni, Marco
Corazzini, Luca
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 795
Abstract: 
Using longitudinal data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), we show that paternal unemployment has a surprisingly positive causal effect on the "Big 5" personality traits of children aged 17 to 25. In particular, our results from longitudinal value-added models for personality suggest that paternal unemployment makes children significantly more conscientious and less neurotic. Our results are robust to different estimation methods and to selection on unobservables. Furthermore, these effects are stronger for girls and for children whose mothers are employed.
Subjects: 
personality traits
unemployment
household behavior
SOEP
JEL: 
J24
J13
J64
C33
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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