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Research Seminar in Economics by Matthias Sutter (Universität Köln)

Dec 08, 2016 | 12:15 PM - 01:45 PM

On Thursday, December 8, noon-14 pm, Matthias Sutter from Universität Köln will be the speaker of the Research Seminar in Economics. He will present his research paper on "Sibling Composition, Preferences and Adolescents’ Behavior" at Kaminzimmer (room 202), Boltzmannstraße 20, Berlin-Dahlem.

Sibling Composition, Preferences and Adolescents’ Behavior

The impact of sibling composition on individual outcomes has become an intensively discussed topic in psychology, economics, sociology, public health and related disciplines in recent years. Here we study how sibling composition of 525 German teenagers in 10th grade affects their economic preferences (with respect to time preferences, risk preferences, and social preferences) and their field behavior (including drinking, smoking, obesity, and savings behavior). We find that second born children are considerably more impatient and risk seeking than first born children, and that this effect is particularly driven by boys. Controlling for these economic preferences, we find no consistent pattern of sibling composition on field behavior, except that boys with more siblings are more likely to smoke and less likely to save money and that only children save more and smoke less often.

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Time & Location

Dec 08, 2016 | 12:15 PM - 01:45 PM

Boltzmannstraße 20