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Psychological traits and the gender gap in full-time employment and wages: Evidence from Germany

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  • Nils Braakmann

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    (Institute of Economics, University of Lüneburg)

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This paper shows that differences in various non-cognitive traits, specifically the “big five”, positive and negative reciprocity, locus of control and risk aversion, contribute to gender inequalities in wages and employment. Using the 2004 and 2005 waves of the German Socio-Economic Panel, evidence from regression and decomposition techniques suggests that gender differences in psychological traits are more important for inequalities in wages than in employment. Differences in the “big five”, in particular in agreeableness, conscientiousness and neurocitism matter for both wages and employment. For the latter, the results also show a large effect of differences in external locus of control.

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Paper provided by University of Lüneburg, Institute of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Economics with number 112.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2009
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Handle: RePEc:lue:wpaper:112

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Keywords: Gender wage gap; non-cognitive traits; decomposition;

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  1. Krause, Annabelle, 2013. "Don’t worry, be happy? Happiness and reemployment," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 96(C), pages 1-20.
  2. Viinikainen, Jutta & Kokko, Katja, 2012. "Personality traits and unemployment: Evidence from longitudinal data," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 33(6), pages 1204-1222.
  3. Hendrik Thiel & Stephan L. Thomsen, 2009. "Noncognitive Skills in Economics: Models, Measurement, and Empirical Evidence," FEMM Working Papers 09037, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Faculty of Economics and Management.

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