Big Five Personality Traits and Academic Performance in Russian Universities

13 Pages Posted: 17 May 2013

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John V. Nye

George Mason University - Department of Economics; National Research University Higher School of Economics

Ekaterina Orel

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Ekaterina Kochergina

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: May 15, 2013

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.

Keywords: personality traits, academic success, psychology of education, Big Five, academic performance measurement

JEL Classification: I23

Suggested Citation

Nye, John V. C. and Orel, Ekaterina and Kochergina, Ekaterina, Big Five Personality Traits and Academic Performance in Russian Universities (May 15, 2013). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 10/PSY/2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2265395 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2265395

John V. C. Nye

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National Research University Higher School of Economics

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Ekaterina Orel (Contact Author)

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Ekaterina Kochergina

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

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