Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/103129
Authors: 
Fidrmuc, Jan
Tena, J. D.
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 5026
Abstract: 
We use the UK Labor Force survey to investigate whether the socio-economic outcomes of people born on the 13th day of the month, and of those born on Friday the 13th, differ from the outcomes of people born on more auspicious days. In many European countries, including the UK, such days are considered unlucky. We consider outcomes that are unlikely to be affected by behavioral adjustments yet which are of considerable importance to one's quality of life: employment, earnings and marriage. We find no evidence that people born on the 13th or those born on Friday the 13th suffer any penalty that can be attributable to the inauspicious circumstances of their birth.
Subjects: 
superstition
employment
labor market
marriage
JEL: 
J11
J21
J31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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