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Big five personality traits and academic performance in Russian universities

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  • John Nye

    () (George Mason University and National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Moscow, academic advisor of International Laboratory for Institutional Analysis of Economic Reforms.)

  • Ekaterina Orel

    () (National Research University-Higher School of Economics, Moscow, research fellow in International Laboratory for Institutional Analysis of Economic Reforms.)

  • Ekaterina Kochergina

    () (National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Moscow, research assistant in International Laboratory for Institutional Analysis of Economic Reforms.)

Abstract

We study which Big Five personality traits are associated with academic performance among a sample of Russian university students using results from the Unified State Examination (for university admissions) and their current grade point averages as measures of academic performance. We find that Introversion, Agreeableness, Neuroticism, and Openness to experience have observable ties to academic performance. Those results partially confirm existing international studies, but our findings are notable for the relative unimportance of conscientiousness for success in our Russian sample. We suggest that cross-cultural differences in educational environment may explain why this trait seems less obviously important in the analysis

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  • John Nye & Ekaterina Orel & Ekaterina Kochergina, 2013. "Big five personality traits and academic performance in Russian universities," HSE Working papers WP BRP 10/PSY/2013, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hig:wpaper:10psy2013
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    1. James J. Heckman & Jora Stixrud & Sergio Urzua, 2006. "The Effects of Cognitive and Noncognitive Abilities on Labor Market Outcomes and Social Behavior," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 24(3), pages 411-482, July.
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    Keywords

    personality traits; academic success; psychology of education; Big Five; academic performance measurement.;

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    • Z - Other Special Topics
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions

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