Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/73102
Authors: 
John, Katrin
Thomsen, Stephan L.
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Diskussionspapiere der Wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Fakultät, Universität Hannover 495
Abstract: 
We analyze the role of personality in occupational choice and wages using data from Germany for the years 1992 to 2009. Characterizing personality by use of seven complementary measures, the empirical findings show that it is an important determinant of occupational choice. Associated with that, identical personality traits are differently rewarded across occupations. By evaluating different personality profiles, we estimate the influence of personality as a whole. The estimates establish occupation-specific patterns of significant returns to particular personality profiles. These findings underline the importance to consider the occupational distribution when analyzing returns to personality due to its heterogeneous valuation.
Subjects: 
occupational choice
wage differentials
Big Five personality traits
locus of control
measures of reciprocity
SOEP
JEL: 
J24
J31
C35
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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