The research reported on these pages analyzes the influence of personality traits and interpersonal skills in adult economic attainment, with particular focus on earnings. The purpose is to bring together ideas from economics, social-psychology, and related disciplines in order to contribute new empirical evidence to the growing literature on non-cognitive skills as they relate to adult educational and labor market outcomes. The work at hand offers a peek into the “black box” that economists have come to call “non-cognitive skills”, and examines the relevance of such skills for success in the labor market through a collection of self-contained essays.

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C.N. Teulings (Coen)
Erasmus University Rotterdam , Thela Thesis, Amsterdam
Teulings, Prof. Dr. C.N. (promotor)
Tinbergen Instituut Research Series
Erasmus School of Economics

Mueller, G. (2006, April 13). On the Role of Personality Traits and Social Skills in Adult Economic Attainment (No. 375). Tinbergen Instituut Research Series. Thela Thesis, Amsterdam. Retrieved from