Facts and Misconceptions about 2D:4D, Social and Risk Preferences

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Title: Facts and Misconceptions about 2D:4D, Social and Risk Preferences
Authors: Alonso, Judit | Di Paolo, Roberto | Ponti, Giovanni | Sartarelli, Marcello
Research Group/s: Microeconomía Aplicada (GIMA) | Desarrollo, Métodos Cuantitativos y Teoría Económica (DMCTE)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Fundamentos del Análisis Económico
Keywords: 2D:4D | Cognitive reflection | Gender | Risk | Social preferences
Knowledge Area: Fundamentos del Análisis Económico
Issue Date: 13-Feb-2018
Publisher: Frontiers Media
Citation: Alonso J, Di Paolo R, Ponti G and Sartarelli M (2018) Facts and Misconceptions about 2D:4D, Social and Risk Preferences. Front. Behav. Neurosci. 12:22. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2018.00022
Abstract: We study how the ratio between the length of the second and fourth digit (2D:4D) correlates with choices in social and risk preferences elicitation tasks by building a large dataset from five experimental projects with more than 800 subjects. Our results confirm the recent literature that downplays the link between 2D:4D and many domains of economic interest, such as social and risk preferences. As for the former, we find that social preferences are significantly lower when 2D:4D is above the median value only for subjects with low cognitive ability. As for the latter, we find that a high 2D:4D is not correlated with the frequency of subjects' risky choices.
Sponsor: Financial support from the Spanish Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (ECO2013-43119, ECO2015-65820-P and ECO2016-77200-P), Universidad de Alicante (GRE 13-04), Generalitat Valenciana (Research Projects Grupos 3/086) and Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas (IVIE) is gratefully acknowledged.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/73443
ISSN: 1662-5153
DOI: 10.3389/fnbeh.2018.00022
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2018 Alonso, Di Paolo, Ponti and Sartarelli. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnbeh.2018.00022
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