An Abstract that Whets My Appetite
By Bryan Caplan
When I see an abstract like this, the article goes straight to the top of my queue:
The ability of personality traits to predict important life outcomes has traditionally been questioned because of the putative small effects of personality. In this article, we compare the predictive validity of personality traits with that of socioeconomic status (SES) and cognitive ability to test the relative contribution of personality traits to predictions of three critical outcomes: mortality, divorce, and occupational attainment… Results showed that the magnitude of the effects of personality traits on mortality, divorce, and occupational attainment was indistinguishable from the effects of SES and cognitive ability on these outcomes.
Soon I’ll tell you what I think about the results.
P.S. If you’re having trouble viewing the abstract, here‘s an ungated html version of the whole article.