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Author: Girtz, Robert
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1. Girtz, Robert
The Effects of Personality Traits on Wages: A Matching Approach
Labour: Review of Labor Economics and Industrial Relations 26,4 (December 2012): 455-471.
Also: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-9914.2012.00556.x/abstract
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing, Inc. => Wiley Online
Keyword(s): Locus of Control (see Rotter Scale); Propensity Scores; Self-Esteem; Wages

I use the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 to estimate the effects of adolescent measurements of self-esteem and locus of control on adult wages using propensity score matching. An adolescent possessing high self-esteem will experience between 8.5 and 9.2 per cent higher wages as an adult. This result is statistically significant and robust to the addition of cognitive skill and family background characteristics. When cognitive skill and family background characteristics are controlled for, locus of control as an adolescent is insignificant in explaining adult wages. This result is contrary to findings in the literature.
Bibliography Citation
Girtz, Robert. "The Effects of Personality Traits on Wages: A Matching Approach." Labour: Review of Labor Economics and Industrial Relations 26,4 (December 2012): 455-471.
2. Girtz, Robert
The Impact of Personality on Economic Decisions
Ph.D. Dissertation, Middle Tennessee State University, 2012
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT)
Keyword(s): Educational Attainment; Locus of Control (see Rotter Scale); Personality/Big Five Factor Model or Traits; Propensity Scores; Self-Esteem; Wages

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This dissertation contains three chapters focusing on the impact of several personality traits -- locus of control, self-esteem and self-monitoring - on economic outcomes including wages, educational attainment, and decisions in game-theoretical experiments. In the first chapter, entitled "The Effects of Personality Traits on Wages: A Matching Approach," I utilize the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 to estimate the effects of adolescent measurements of self-esteem and locus of control on adult wages using propensity score matching. An adolescent possessing high self-esteem will experience between 8.5 to 9.2 percent higher wages as an adult. When cognitive skill and family background characteristics are controlled for, locus of control as an adolescent is insignificant in explaining adult wages.

In the second chapter entitled "Self-esteem, Educational Attainment and Wages: A Question of Selection," I use the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 again to explore the relationship between self-esteem and wages found in the first chapter more closely. I find that self-esteem partially estimates selection into higher levels of education. Conditional on this selection, the remaining direct effects of self-esteem on wages are negligible. This evidence suggests that self-esteem affects wages indirectly through educational attainment.

Bibliography Citation
Girtz, Robert. The Impact of Personality on Economic Decisions. Ph.D. Dissertation, Middle Tennessee State University, 2012.
3. Girtz, Robert
The Mediation Effect of Education on Self-Esteem and Wages
Journal of Labor Research 35,4 (December 2014): 358-372.
Also: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12122-014-9187-3/fulltext.html
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: Springer
Keyword(s): Educational Attainment; Self-Esteem; Wages; Wages, Adult

Permission to reprint the abstract has not been received from the publisher.

Research suggests a positive relationship between adolescent self-esteem and adult wages. Drawing data from the 1979 cohort of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, I refine the empirical relationship between self-esteem, wages, and education. The effect of self-esteem on wages is positive and significant when estimating models for the entire sample. This effect, however, becomes statistically insignificant when estimating models for subsamples sorted by educational level. In addition, mediation models suggest that roughly one-third of the total effect of self-esteem on wages is mediated by education. In total, these results indicate that there is a significantly less pronounced direct effect of self-esteem on wages than previously found in the literature. A substantial portion of the effect self-esteem has on wages occurs through its effect on educational attainment.
Bibliography Citation
Girtz, Robert. "The Mediation Effect of Education on Self-Esteem and Wages." Journal of Labor Research 35,4 (December 2014): 358-372.