A new GLO Discussion Paper reveals that classical studies do not affect conscientiousness and openness, but increases neuroticism and self-reported unhappiness.
GLO Discussion Paper No. 1242, 2023
Do Classical Studies Open your Mind? – Download PDF
by Brunello, Giorgio & Esposito, Piero & Rocco, Lorenzo & Scicchitano, Sergio
GLO Fellows Giorgio Brunello, Piero Esposito, Lorenzo Rocco & Sergio Scicchitano
Author Abstract: We investigate whether classical studies in high school – that emphasize in Italy the study of ancient languages such as Latin and Greek – affect personality traits. Using Italian survey data, we compare individuals who did classical studies in high school with similar individuals who completed a more scientific academic curriculum. We find that having done classical studies does not affect conscientiousness and openness but increases neuroticism and self-reported unhappiness.
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