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Little Emperors: Behavioral Impacts of China's One-Child Policy

Cameron, Lisa; Erkal, Nisvan; Gangadharan , Lata; Meng, Xin


We document that China's One-Child Policy (OCP), one of the most radical approaches to limiting population growth, has produced significantly less trusting, less trustworthy, more risk-averse, less competitive, more pessimistic, and less conscientious individuals. Our data were collected from economics experiments conducted with 421 individuals born just before and just after the OCP's introduction in 1979. Surveys to elicit personality traits were also used. We used the exogenous imposition of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Science
DOI: 10.1126/science.1230221


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