Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

4-2011

Publication Source

Forum for Health Economics & Policy

Volume

14

Issue

3

DOI

10.2202/1558-9544.1268

Abstract

Personality tests are being added to large panel studies with increasing regularity, such as the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). To facilitate the inclusion and interpretation of these tests, we provide some general background on personality psychology, personality assessment, and the validity of personality tests. In this review, we provide background on definitions of personality, the strengths and weaknesses of the self-report approaches to personality testing typically used in large panel studies, and the validity of personality tests for three outcomes: genetics, income, and health. We conclude with recommendations on how to improve personality assessment in future panel studies.

Keywords

health and retirement study

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Date Posted: 19 June 2017