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Does Your Birthdate Tell Your Future? Evidence from Vietnam

Nguyen, Cuong (2017): Does Your Birthdate Tell Your Future? Evidence from Vietnam.

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Many people have believed in astrology and horoscope for a long time, though there are no scientific theories on these topics. Yet, using the 2002 Vietnam National Health Survey, we find that individuals who report birthdates on the 10th and the 20th of a month have worse health, less education and poorer occupations than other individuals, while those who report birthdates on the 31st have extraordinarily better outcomes. One explanation is that people who do not accurately know their birthdate tend to report their birthdate with a rounding digit of zero or five, and ‘not knowing birthdates accurately’ reflects ‘being born in a low educated family with less parental attention’.

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