Friday the 13th: The Empirics of Bad Luck

12 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2014

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Jan Fidrmuc

Brunel University - Department of Economics and Finance; L.E.M., Université de Lille; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Global Labor Organization (GLO); Institute for Strategy and Analysis, Government Office of the Slovak Republic

J. D. Tena

Charles III University of Madrid - Department of Statistics

Date Written: October 23, 2014

Abstract

We use the UK Labor Force survey to investigate whether the socio-economic outcomes of people born on the 13th day of the month, and of those born on Friday the 13th, differ from the outcomes of people born on more auspicious days. In many European countries, including the UK, such days are considered unlucky. We consider outcomes that are unlikely to be affected by behavioral adjustments yet which are of considerable importance to one’s quality of life: employment, earnings and marriage. We find no evidence that people born on the 13th or those born on Friday the 13th suffer any penalty that can be attributable to the inauspicious circumstances of their birth.

Keywords: superstition, employment, labor market, marriage

JEL Classification: J11, J21, J31

Suggested Citation

Fidrmuc, Jan and Fidrmuc, Jan and Tena, J. D., Friday the 13th: The Empirics of Bad Luck (October 23, 2014). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 5026, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2518923 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2518923

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J. D. Tena

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