Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/55111
Authors: 
Cobb-Clark, Deborah A.
Schurer, Stefanie
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5943
Abstract: 
We use a large, nationally-representative sample of working-age adults to demonstrate that personality (as measured by the Big Five) is stable over a four-year period. Average personality changes are small and do not vary substantially across age groups. Intra-individual personality change is generally unrelated to experiencing adverse life events and is unlikely to be economically meaningful. Like other non-cognitive traits, personality can be modeled as a stable input into many economic decisions.
Subjects: 
non-cognitive skills
Big-Five personality traits
stability
JEL: 
J24
C18
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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