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The Economics and Psychology of Personality Traits

  • Lex Borghans

    (Maastrict University)

  • Angela Lee Duckworth

    (University of Pennsylvania)

  • James J. Heckman

    (University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637, USA; American Bar Foundation, Chicago, Illinois; Geary Institute, University College Dublin, Ireland)

  • Bas ter Weel

    (Department of International Economics with the CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Research)

This paper explores the interface between personality psychology and economics. We examine the predictive power of personality and the stability of personality traits over the life cycle. We develop simple analytical frameworks for interpreting the evidence in personality psychology and suggest promising avenues for future research.

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