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Personality, education and earnings

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  • Mary Silles

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Economists are only beginning to understand the relationship between personality traits and economic outcomes. This paper examines the influence of childhood social maladjustment on cognitive development, labor market earnings and career progression using longitudinal data drawn from the National Child Development Study. Net of differences in family background and early cognitive ability, compelling evidence is presented that demonstrates social maladjustment scores are strongly associated with success and failure in education and the labor market.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Education Economics.

Volume (Year): 18 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 131-151

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Handle: RePEc:taf:edecon:v:18:y:2010:i:2:p:131-151

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  1. Melissa Osborne & Herbert Gintis & Samuel Bowles, 2001. "The Determinants of Earnings: A Behavioral Approach," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 39(4), pages 1137-1176, December.
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  1. Mendolia, Silvia & Walker, Ian, 2014. "The Effect of Personality Traits on Subject Choice and Performance in High School: Evidence from an English Cohort," IZA Discussion Papers 8269, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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