Challenges in research on preferences and personality traits: Measurement, stability, and inference

Bart Golsteyn, Hannah Schildberg-Hörisch*

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This paper reviews several traditions in economic research on preferences as well as research on personality traits in personality psychology and lists challenges in both fields. We discuss challenges regarding the measurement of preferences and personality traits, challenges regarding the stability of preferences and traits, and challenges when inferring causality. Additionally, we highlight areas in which we see potential benefits from taking into account methodological approaches or insights from the respective other discipline.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
JournalJournal of Economic Psychology
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017

JEL classifications

  • a12 - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
  • d03 - Behavioral Economics: Underlying Principles


  • Preferences
  • Personality traits
  • Measurement
  • Stability
  • Causality

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