Webinar: Jan Feld, Victoria University of Wellington - The Effect of Sibling’s Sex on Economic Preferences and Personality Traits

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Title: The Effect of Sibling’s Sex on Economic Preferences and Personality Traits

Abstract: We do a comprehensive analysis of the effect of sibling’s sex on risk tolerance, trust, patience, the big five personality traits, and locus of control. We use data from more than 71,000 people collected using 11 surveys in 7 countries. Our identification rests on the assumption that, once parents decide to have another child, it is random whether they’ll have a son or daughter. Overall, we find no evidence that sibling’s sex affects any of our outcomes. The results are surprising given that sibling’s sex has been shown to affect children’s interests and personality in previous small-scale studies.

Presenter: Jan Feld, Victoria University Wellington

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