Daughters and Left-Wing Voting

47 Pages Posted: 8 May 2006

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Andrew J. Oswald

University of Warwick - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Nattavudh Powdthavee

University of Warwick

Date Written: April 2006


This paper provides evidence that daughters make people more left-wing. Having sons, by contrast, makes them more right-wing. Parents, politicians and voters are probably not aware of this phenomenon - nor are social scientists. The paper discusses its economic and evolutionary roots. It also speculates on where research might lead. The paper ends with a conjecture: left-wing individuals are people who come from families into which, over recent past generations, many females have been born.

Keywords: voting, gender, daughters, political preferences, attitudes

JEL Classification: D1, D72, H1, J7

Suggested Citation

Oswald, Andrew J. and Powdthavee, Nattavudh, Daughters and Left-Wing Voting (April 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=900380 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.900380

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