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Autoren: 
Bode, Eckhardt
Brunow, Stephan
Ott, Ingrid
Sorgner, Alina
Datum: 
2016
Reihe/Nr.: 
Kiel Working Paper 2057
Zusammenfassung: 
We present empirical evidence suggesting that technological progress in the digital age will be biased not only with respect to skills acquired through education but also with respect to noncognitive skills (personality). We measure the direction of technological change by estimated future digitalization probabilities of occupations, and noncognitive skills by the Big Five personality traits from several German worker surveys. Even though we control extensively for education and experience, we find that workers characterized by strong openness and emotional stability tend to be less susceptible to digitalization. Traditional indicators of human capital thus measure workers' skill endowments only imperfectly.
Schlagwörter: 
Worker personality
Noncognitive skills
Digital transformation
Direction of technical change
Germany
JEL: 
F22
J61
O15
C63
Dokumentart: 
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