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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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  • Cobb-Clark, Deborah A. & Schurer, Stefanie, 2012. "The stability of big-five personality traits," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 115(1), pages 11-15.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:115:y:2012:i:1:p:11-15
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2011.11.015
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    Keywords

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

    JEL classification:

    • J3 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs
    • C18 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Methodolical Issues: General

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