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TRANSFER OF BEHAVIORAL TRAITS FROM PARENTS TO CHILDREN: AN EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH

Zubair, Maria and Khanum, Ayesha and Nasir, Marjan (2018): TRANSFER OF BEHAVIORAL TRAITS FROM PARENTS TO CHILDREN: AN EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH.

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Abstract

It is commonly believed that parents transfer their behavioral traits to their offspring. But where does one draw the line between nature and nurture? Most of us have received our first lessons in lying, trust, generosity and even selfishness from our parents. These non-cognitive skills, like patience, ambition, tenacity etc. are all thus malleable traits if we come to prove that they are transferred from parent to their child. A field experiment was conducted at a private school in Lahore, Pakistan. These experiments measured two key non-cognitive skills that literature believes are passed onto the offspring via their parents: patience and trust. To measure the correlation between parents and children, an ordered probit analysis was employed. Our findings show that there is a strong negative relationship between child’s patience to that of her parent. Child and parent trust display no significant relationship. However, a positive significant relationship was analyzed between child reciprocity and parent reciprocity.

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