Even though a large experimental literature explored the links between personality and honesty, available evidence is inconclusive. In this study, we provide large-scale evidence on the influence of the “Big Five” personality traits on civic honesty, by also considering the roles played by individuals’ socioeconomic status and the gender dimension. To this aim, we rely on survey data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), which is representative of the US population aged 50 or more. We show that most “Big Five” traits significantly affect civic honesty, with Agreeableness being the strongest predictor. We view our findings as complementing and extending to civic-minded behavior the results of prior work on cheating based on small samples and non-representative subject pools.

The Non-Cognitive Roots of Civic Honesty: Evidence from the US

Alessandro Bucciol;Luca Zarri
2021

Abstract

Even though a large experimental literature explored the links between personality and honesty, available evidence is inconclusive. In this study, we provide large-scale evidence on the influence of the “Big Five” personality traits on civic honesty, by also considering the roles played by individuals’ socioeconomic status and the gender dimension. To this aim, we rely on survey data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), which is representative of the US population aged 50 or more. We show that most “Big Five” traits significantly affect civic honesty, with Agreeableness being the strongest predictor. We view our findings as complementing and extending to civic-minded behavior the results of prior work on cheating based on small samples and non-representative subject pools.
Civic Honesty; Personality Traits; Socioeconomic Status; Gender.
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