Inequality in Personality over the Life Cycle
Miriam Gensowski (),
Mette Gørtz () and
Stefanie Schurer ()
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Miriam Gensowski: University of Copenhagen
Stefanie Schurer: University of Sydney
No 13378, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)
We describe gender and socioeconomic inequalities in the Big Five personality traits over the life cycle, using a facet-level inventory linked to administrative data. We estimate life-cycle profiles non-parametrically and test for cohort and sample-selection effects. We discuss the economic implications of the following findings: Women of all ages score more highly than men on all personality traits, including three that are positively associated with wages; Individuals with high own or parental education have more favorable traits except Conscientiousness; Over the life cycle, gender and socioeconomic gaps widen in Openness and shrink in Neuroticism, a trait associated with worse outcomes.
Keywords: inequality; socio-emotional skills; personality traits; Big Five facets; life cycle dynamics; gender gap; intergenerational transmission (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 I24 J62 I31 J16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 59 pages
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