Personality Measurement and Assessment in Large Panel Surveys

Brent Roberts, Joshua J. Jackson, Angela L. Duckworth, Katherine Von Culin

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number9
JournalForum for Health Economics and Policy
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2011


  • Health and Retirement Study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • Health Policy


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