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Grit Trumps Talent? An experimental approach

Leonie Gerhards () and Christina Gravert
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Leonie Gerhards: Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University, Denmark, Postal: 8210 Aarhus V, Denmark

Economics Working Papers from Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University

Abstract: Perseverance to accomplish long-term goals, also know as grit, is a crucial determinant for success in life. In the present study we introduce an innovative laboratory design to elicit grit in an incentivized and controlled way. Subjects work on a computerized task to solve anagrams. By observing their decision not to shirk, we measure their grittiness experimentally. We find that the original questionnaire measure of grit developed by Duckworth et al. (2007) is significantly correlated with our new experimental measure - even when controlling for ability and a questionnaire measure of self-control. Moreover, subjects' earnings increase in their experimentally elicited grit

Keywords: Grit; perseverance; laboratory experiment; real-effort task (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 D03 M50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 23
Date: 2015-10-07
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