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Genetic distance and intra-national variation in preferences and behaviours

Yu Qin, Jianqing Ruan, Ling Wang and Jubo Yan

Journal of Asian Economics, 2022, vol. 83, issue C

Abstract: This paper investigates the relationship between genetic distance and intra-national variation in preferences and behaviours in the Chinese context. We focus on three categories of representative and fundamental preferences—risk, time, and social preferences—and related behaviours. The results suggest that genetic distance is positively related to the differences in risk, time, and social preferences. Furthermore, genetic distance is positively related to the differences in associated economic behaviours, including the differences in entrepreneurship, saving behaviour, cooperative behaviour, and prosocial behaviour. In general, an increase in one standard deviation of genetic distance is associated with an increase in differences in preferences and behaviours by 3–18 % of a standard deviation.

Keywords: Genetic distance; Preference; Behaviour; Regional disparity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D01 D64 D81 D91 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.asieco.2022.101535

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