U. de Jong
- Personality traits and gender-specific income expectations in Dutch higher education
- Social Indicators Research
- Volume | Issue number
- 86 | 1
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- The Kohnstamm Instituut
In this article we examine gender differences in income expectations of students in higher education. We found quite large gender differences. Men and women differ significantly in the income they expect to earn at the top of their career. We examined how much personality traits contribute to explain gender differences in income expectations, and to what extent personality typologies can add to insights about earnings potential derived from human capital theory. The research shows that personality does affect expected income, that impact goes beyond personality's indirect effects, which are conveyed largely through gender differences and students' choice of study subject.
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