The Stability of Big-Five Personality Traits

  title={The Stability of Big-Five Personality Traits},
  author={Deborah Cobb-Clark and S. Schurer},
  journal={Econometrics: Applied Econometrics & Modeling eJournal},
  • Deborah Cobb-Clark, S. Schurer
  • Published 2012
  • Psychology
  • Econometrics: Applied Econometrics & Modeling eJournal
  • We use a large, nationally-representative sample of working-age adults to demonstrate that personality (as measured by the Big Five) is stable over a four-year period. Average personality changes are small and do not vary substantially across age groups. Intra-individual personality change is generally unrelated to experiencing adverse life events and is unlikely to be economically meaningful. Like other non-cognitive traits, personality can be modeled as a stable input into many economic… CONTINUE READING
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