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The power of personality: Labor market rewards and the transmission of earnings


2000 2000

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Abstract (summary)

This dissertation research examines the influence of personality and behavioral traits on economic success using the National Longitudinal Surveys and the National Child Development Study. The first essay investigates the ability of personality to explain why apparently similar people have varied success in the labor market. Results suggest that personality is a significant determinant of labor market success and offers a unique and valuable contribution to our explanation of labor market outcomes. The second essay designs and estimates a behavioral model of the intergenerational transmission of socioeconomic status. This model allows me to estimate the magnitude of the contribution of personality to the intergenerational transmission of earnings and to elucidate the process by which personality helps to explain social mobility. The final essay investigates how the returns to personality differ according to sex, or position in the occupational hierarchy. The results suggest that while personality traits are important for both men and women, the reward structures are distinct.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Labor economics;
Personality;
Influence;
Earnings;
Labor market;
Studies
Classification
0510: Labor economics
0625: Personality
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Psychology; Earnings; Employment; Labor market; Personality
Title
The power of personality: Labor market rewards and the transmission of earnings
Author
Osborne, Melissa Anne
Number of pages
115
Publication year
2000
Degree date
2000
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 61/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780599963344, 0599963344
Advisor
Bowles, Samuel
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9988828
ProQuest document ID
304605298
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304605298
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