EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Do Personality Traits Affect Productivity? Evidence from the Lab

Maria Cubel, Ana Nuevo-Chiquero, Santiago Sánchez-Pagés and Marian Vidal-Fernandez ()

No 2014012, Working Papers from The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics

Abstract: While survey data supports a strong relationship between personality and labor market outcomes, the exact mechanisms behind this association remain unexplored. In this paper, we take advantage of a controlled laboratory set-up to test whether this relationship operates through productivity, and isolate this mechanism from other channels such as bargaining ability or self-selection into jobs. Using a gender neutral real-effort task, we analyse the impact of the Big Five personality traits on performance. We find that more neurotic subjects perform worse, and that more conscientious individuals perform better. These findings are in line with previous survey studies and suggest that at least part of the effect of personality on labor market outcomes operates through productivity. In addition, we find evidence that gender and university major affect the impact of the Big Five personality traits on performance.

Keywords: Big-Five; personality traits; experiment; labour productivity; performance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 D03 J3 M5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 32 pages
Date: 2014-08
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-exp, nep-hrm, nep-lab and nep-neu
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (7) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.shef.ac.uk/economics/research/serps/articles/2014_012.html First version, August 2014 (application/pdf)

Related works:
Working Paper: Do personality traits affect productivity? Evidence from the LAB (2014) Downloads
Working Paper: Do Personality Traits Affect Productivity? Evidence from the Lab (2014) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:shf:wpaper:2014012

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Working Papers from The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Mike Crabtree ().

 
Page updated 2024-02-28
Handle: RePEc:shf:wpaper:2014012