Department of Economics and Business Economics

Grit Trumps Talent? An experimental approach

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  • Leonie Gerhards, Denmark
  • Christina Annette Gravert, Denmark
Perseverance to accomplish long-term goals, also know as grit, is a crucial determinant for success in life. In the present study we introduce an innovative laboratory design to elicit grit in an incentivized and controlled way. Subjects work on a computerized task to solve anagrams. By observing their decision not to shirk, we measure their grittiness experimentally. We find that the original questionnaire measure of grit developed by Duckworth et al. (2007) is significantly correlated with our new experimental measure - even when controlling for ability and a questionnaire measure of self-control. Moreover, subjects' earnings increase in their experimentally elicited grit
Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationAarhus
PublisherInstitut for Økonomi, Aarhus Universitet
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2015
SeriesEconomics Working Papers
Number2015-18

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