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.

Organisator Section Economics

do 23 maart 2017 12:30 tot 13:30

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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.