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The Economics and Psychology of Personality Traits


Lex Borghans


University of Maastricht - Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Angela Duckworth


University of Pennsylvania - Department of Psychology

James J. Heckman


University of Chicago - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); American Bar Foundation; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Bas ter Weel


CPB Netherlands Bureau of Economic Policy Analysis

February 2008

IZA Working Paper No. 3333

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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.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 166

Keywords: personality traits, lifecycle effects

JEL Classification: I2, J24

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Date posted: May 23, 2008  

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Borghans, Lex and Duckworth, Angela and Heckman, James J. and Weel, Bas ter, The Economics and Psychology of Personality Traits (February 2008). IZA Working Paper No. 3333. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1135909 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

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Lex Borghans (Contact Author)
University of Maastricht - Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) ( email )
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Maastricht, MD6200
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Angela Duckworth
University of Pennsylvania - Department of Psychology ( email )
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James J. Heckman
University of Chicago - Department of Economics ( email )
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American Bar Foundation
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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
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Germany
CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)
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Bas ter Weel
CPB Netherlands Bureau of Economic Policy Analysis ( email )
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