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Daughters and Left-Wing Voting

  • Oswald, Andrew J.


    (University of Warwick)

  • Powdthavee, Nattavudh


    (London School of Economics)

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.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2103.

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Length: 47 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2006
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Publication status: published in: Review of Economics and Statistics, 2010, 92 (2), 213-227
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2103
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