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Cognitive skills, personality, and economic preferences in collegiate success

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  • Burks, Stephen V.
  • Lewis, Connor
  • Kivi, Paul A.
  • Wiener, Amanda
  • Anderson, Jon E.
  • Götte, Lorenz
  • DeYoung, Colin G.
  • Rustichini, Aldo

We collected multiple measures from 100 students at a small public undergraduate liberal arts college in the Midwestern US and later assessed their academic success. The “proactive” (hard-working, persistent) aspect of the Big Five trait of Conscientiousness and not its “inhibitive” (organized, careful) aspect is a large positive predictor for two graduation outcomes and grade point average (GPA). The Big Five trait of Agreeableness (“pro-sociality”) is a large and negative predictor for graduation outcomes. A non-standard cognitive skill measure (a backward-induction game) positively predicts graduation outcomes, in parallel with its success in predicting vocational student job success (Burks et al., 2009). Patient time preferences predict one graduation outcome and GPA.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

Volume (Year): 115 (2015)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 30-44

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:115:y:2015:i:c:p:30-44
DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2015.01.007
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