Friday the 13th: The Empirics of Bad Luck



Fidrmuc, Jan and Tena, JD ORCID: 0000-0001-8281-2886
(2015) Friday the 13th: The Empirics of Bad Luck. KYKLOS, 68 (3). pp. 317-334.

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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, number 13 is considered unlucky and Friday the 13th is seen as an especially unlucky day. We find little evidence that people born on the 13th or those born on Friday the 13th are significantly less likely to be employed, earn lower wages or that they are more likely to stay unmarried compared to people born on other days.

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Additional Information: Cite as: Fidrmuc, J, and Tena, JD (2015), Friday the 13th: The Empirics of Bad Luck. Kyklos, 68, 317–334. doi: 10.1111/kykl.12085.
Uncontrolled Keywords: J110, J210, J310, superstition, employment, labor market, marriage
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2015 14:18
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2022 21:37
DOI: 10.1111/kykl.12085
Publisher's Statement : © 2015 The Authors. Kyklos Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/2026126