Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/223820
Authors: 
Gensowski, Miriam
Gørtz, Mette
Schurer, Stefanie
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 13378
Abstract: 
We describe gender and socioeconomic inequalities in the Big Five personality traits over the life cycle, using a facet-level inventory linked to administrative data. We estimate life-cycle profiles non-parametrically and test for cohort and sample-selection effects. We discuss the economic implications of the following findings: Women of all ages score more highly than men on all personality traits, including three that are positively associated with wages; Individuals with high own or parental education have more favorable traits except Conscientiousness; Over the life cycle, gender and socioeconomic gaps widen in Openness and shrink in Neuroticism, a trait associated with worse outcomes.
Subjects: 
inequality
socio-emotional skills
personality traits
Big Five facets
life cycle dynamics
gender gap
intergenerational transmission
JEL: 
J24
I24
J62
I31
J16
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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