The Impact of Apprenticeship Training on Personality Traits: An Instrumental Variable Approach

Bolli, Thomas; Hof, Stefanie (2014). The Impact of Apprenticeship Training on Personality Traits: An Instrumental Variable Approach (KOF Working Papers 350). Zürich: KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich 10.3929/ethz-a-010073749

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This paper analyzes how apprenticeship training, i.e., work-based secondary education, affects personality traits compared to full-time school-based vocational or general education. Employing an instrumental variable approach that exploits the regional differences in the relative weight of school- and work-based secondary education across Switzerland and Europe, we determine that apprenticeship training reduces neuroticism and increases agreeableness and conscientiousness, while openness and extraversion remain unaffected. These results validate the socializing function of work-based education. However, heterogeneous treatment effects are found, indicating positive effects for students with less favorable personality traits but insignificant or even reducing effects in the case of extraversion for those with already high values in personality traits. Standort: E-Dokumente/Bolli_Hof_2014_Impact of Apprenticeship Training on Personality Traits.pdf bw 24.8.15

Item Type:

Working Paper

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Sociology

Series:

KOF Working Papers

Publisher:

KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich

Projects:

[1036] Transitions from Education to Employment (TREE) Official URL

Language:

English

Submitter:

Thomas Meyer

Date Deposited:

23 Oct 2019 14:36

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 14:36

Publisher DOI:

10.3929/ethz-a-010073749

Uncontrolled Keywords:

JEL No. C26, D01, I20, J24 Keywords: Apprenticeship, work-based education, VET, Big Five, personality traits

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/130857

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