Secular rise in economically valuable personality traits.

  title={Secular rise in economically valuable personality traits.},
  author={Markus Jokela and Tuomas Pekkarinen and Matti Sarvim{\"a}ki and Marko Tervi{\"o} and Roope Uusitalo},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={114 25},
Although trends in many physical characteristics and cognitive capabilities of modern humans are well-documented, less is known about how personality traits have evolved over time. We analyze data from a standardized personality test administered to 79% of Finnish men born between 1962 and 1976 (n = 419,523) and find steady increases in personality traits that predict higher income in later life. The magnitudes of these trends are similar to the simultaneous increase in cognitive abilities, at… CONTINUE READING