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The stability of big-five personality traits

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  • Cobb-Clark, Deborah A.
  • Schurer, Stefanie

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We demonstrate that Big-Five personality traits are stable for working-age adults over a four-year period. Mean population changes are small and constant across age groups. Intra-individual changes are generally unrelated to adverse life events and are not economically meaningful.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 115 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 11-15

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:115:y:2012:i:1:p:11-15

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Keywords: Non-cognitive skills; Big-five personality traits; Stability; Wages;

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  1. Heineck, Guido & Anger, Silke, 2010. "The returns to cognitive abilities and personality traits in Germany," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 17(3), pages 535-546, June.
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