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Friday the 13th: The Empirics of Bad Luck

Jan Fidrmuc and Juan de Dios Tena ()

No 5026, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo

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.

Keywords: superstition; employment; labor market; marriage (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J11 J21 J31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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