Friday the 13th: The Empirics of Bad Luck
|Title||Friday the 13th: The Empirics of Bad Luck|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Authors||Fidrmuc, J, Tena, JD|
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.