Risk preferences and sibling sex composition
Peer reviewed, Journal article
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Original versionApplied Economics Letters. 2022, . 10.1080/13504851.2022.2042464
This article presents evidence on the malleability of preferences over monetary risk of men and women in the context of the family. I focus on sibling sex composition by estimating the causal effect of having a younger brother compared to a sister on the risk attitudes of the first-born child. Results show that women with a younger brother are significantly less risk averse than women with younger sisters. The effect wears off as the age difference increases. The sex of the second-born has a similar but smaller effect on men’s preferences, however, the effect is not statistically significant. The findings provide new causal evidence on how risk preferences are shaped by social environmental factors.