Support #1281

Big Five Personality in 2005 of BHPS and Wave 3 of UKHLS

Added by C Josten about 3 years ago. Updated 6 months ago.

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I have two questions regarding the Big5 personality traits in the BHPS and Understanding Society:

1. I am currently using all waves from BHPS and Understanding Society to understand the impact of personality (the Big Five) on labour market outcomes by occupation. I am aware that the Big Five were asked in wave 14 of BHPS and wave 3 of Understanding Society. I am now unsure on how to merge those two variables. Given that personality is often assumed to be constant across years I would like to extend this measurement to more than just the year of the wave they were asked. However, I am unsure as to how to treat those values for BHPS versus Understanding Society and how they differ across waves by individual. Is there a best practice?

2. Derived personality variables from wave 3 of UKHLS: I have tried to replicate those with the non-derived individual responses (following the description on the Understanding Society) but I do not get the same but similar results. It would be important to know how those are coded for me to do the same for the 2005 responses. I have followed the instruction on your website: "Component score calculated as the average item response if no more than one of the three input responses is missing". And then rounded those values. But my derived variable is different from yours.

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