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No Evidence that Siblings’ Gender Affects Personality Across Nine Countries

Thomas Dudek, Anne Brenøe, Jan Feld and Julia M. Rohrer
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Thomas Dudek: School of Economics and Finance, Victoria University of Wellington
Julia M. Rohrer: Department of Psychology, Leipzig University

No 22-02, CEBI working paper series from University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics. The Center for Economic Behavior and Inequality (CEBI)

Abstract: Does growing up with a sister rather than a brother affect personality? In this paper, we provide a comprehensive analysis of the effects of siblings’ gender on adults’ personality, using data from 85,887 people from 12 large representative surveys covering 9 countries (the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Mexico, China, and Indonesia). We investigated the personality traits risk tolerance, trust, patience, locus of control, and the Big Five. We found no meaningful causal effects of the gender of the next younger sibling, and no associations with the gender of the next older sibling. Based on high statistical power and consistent results in the overall sample and relevant subsamples, our results suggest that siblings’ gender does not systematically affect personality.

Keywords: personality; economic preferences; sibling gender; sibling sex (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J12 J16 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 35
Date: 2022-03-10
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