NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Personality Psychology and Economics

Mathilde Almlund, Angela Lee Duckworth, James J. Heckman, Tim D. Kautz

NBER Working Paper No. 16822
Issued in February 2011

---- Acknowledgements -----

This research was supported by grants from NIH R01-HD054702, R01-HD065072, and K01-AG033182; the University of Chicago; The Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET); A New Science of Virtues: A Project of the University of Chicago; the American Bar Foundation; a conference series from the Spencer Foundation; the JB & MK Pritzker Family Foundation; the Buffett Early Childhood Fund; and the Geary Institute, University College Dublin, Ireland. The opinions expressed in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of any of the funders. Amanda Agan and Pietro Biroli are major contributors to this essay through their surveys of the effect of personality on crime (presented in Web Appendix A7.B) and health (presented in Web Appendix A7.A), respectively. We are grateful to Pia Pinger for her analyses of the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP) survey data. We have benefited from comments received from Amanda Agan, Dan Benjamin, Pietro Biroli, Dan Black, Daniel Cervone, Deborah Cobb-Clark, Flavio Cunha, Kathleen Danna, Thomas Dohmen, Steven Durlauf, Joel Han, Moshe Hoffman, John Eric Humphries, Miriam Gensowski, Bob Krueger, Jongwook Lee, Xiliang Lin, Dan McAdams, Terrance Oey, Lawrence Pervin, Pia Pinger, Armin Rick, Brent Roberts, Molly Schnell, Bas ter Weel, and Willem van Vliet. We also benefited from a workshop at the University of Illinois, Department of Psychology, on an early draft of this paper and presentations of portions of this paper at the Spencer/INET workshop at the University of Chicago, December 10-11, 2010. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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