Personality Has Minor Effects on Panel Attrition

19 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2014 Last revised: 1 Sep 2015

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David Richter

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) - German Socio Economic Panel

Denise Sassenroth

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

John Körtner

University of Konstanz

Date Written: August 1, 2014

Abstract

In light of the recent interest in using longitudinal panel data to study personality development, it is important to know if personality traits are related to panel attrition. We analyse the effects of personality on panel drop-out separately for an ‘older’ subsample (started in 1984), a relatively ‘young’ subsample (started in 2000), and a ‘new’ subsample (started in 2009) of the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) study. We found that openness slightly decreases the probability of panel drop-out in all three samples. For the ‘older’ subsample only, we found a small negative effect of agreeableness on panel drop-out. We control for age, sex, education, migration background, and the number of inhabitants in the region of the respondents.

Suggested Citation

Richter, David and Sassenroth, Denise and Körtner, John, Personality Has Minor Effects on Panel Attrition (August 1, 2014). SOEPpaper No. 679, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2493087 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2493087

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Denise Sassenroth

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John Körtner

University of Konstanz ( email )

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