Jan Duchoslav: Prenatal Temperature Shocks Reduce Cooperation

Jan Duchoslav of the Development Economics Group explores the effect of temperature shocks in utero on later-life taste for cooperation.

Organised by Section Economics

Thu 23 March 2017 12:30 to 13:30

Venue Leeuwenborch, gebouwnummer 201
Room C81

Evidence from Public Goods Games in Uganda

Using historical climate data combined with data on child and adult behavior in public goods games, we show that abnormally high ambient temperatures during gestation decrease individual contributions to the public good in a statistically and economically significant way. A 1 standard deviation rise in mean ambient temperature during gestation lowers children’s cooperation rate in a dichotomous public goods game by 11% points, and the reduced taste for cooperation lasts into adulthood.