Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/148188
Authors: 
Lee, Sun Youn
Ohtake, Fumio
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
ISER Discussion Paper, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University 960
Abstract: 
The aim of this study was to elucidate how individual differences in noncognitive skills, as measured by the Big Five personality traits, explain variation in labor market outcomes. Japanese and U.S. survey data were analyzed to examine the associations between personality traits and later outcomes in the two countries. We focused on country-specific, noncognitive determinants of annual income, which were found in agreeableness among male workers. Agreeableness seemed to contribute to annual income in Japanese men, whereas it acted as a penalty in American men. In both countries, higher agreeableness tended to translate into higher income for those working at large companies (1,000 employees or more) compared with those working at small companies. Although agreeableness was rewarded by income, it did not necessarily lead to career advancement. Furthermore, the agreeableness premium was still observed even after controlling for labor-related variables such as occupational choice and working hours. This suggests that agreeableness might act as part of a skill set that directly improves job performance and productivity at large companies, rather than acting indirectly through career advancement or occupational choice.
Subjects: 
Big Five personality
agreeableness
company size
income
career advancement
JEL: 
J01
D03
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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