Author's School

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Author's Department/Program



English (en)

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Chair and Committee

Barton Hamilton


In my essays I focus on personality and its impact on the labor market outcomes. Using a randomized experiment, the first essay examines the impact of mother's human capital on the cognitive and non cognitive skills of her preschool children. The second paper examines the impact of the big five personality traits on the decision to be self employed and on the income of salaried vs. self employed people. We try to distinguish the impact of personality traits on labor market performance from the relationship between personality and preferences for entrepreneurship. In the third paper, we are trying to estimate the labor market wage premium for shift workers. We use an equilibrium sorting framework to model location decisions around the clock. Using the estimated model we try to disentangle the amenity value of daylight from social interaction effects.


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