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Longitudinal Study: HILDA
Title: The Stability of Big-Five Personality Traits
Authors: Cobb-Clark, D 
Schurer, S 
Institution: Melbourne Institute of Applied Economics and Social Research
Publication Date: Aug-2011
Pages: 13
Keywords: Stabillity
Big-Five personality traits
Non-cognitive skills, Big-Five personality traits, stability
Abstract: 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 decisions.
ISBN: ISSN 1328-4991 (Print), ISSN 1447-5863 (Online) & ISBN 978-0-7340-4254-5
Keywords: Relationships -- Stability; Intergenerational Transfer -- Education; Beliefs and Values -- Personality
Research collection: Reports and technical papers
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