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Little Emperors: Behavioral Impacts of China's One-Child Policy

Resource Type
Dataset : experimental data, survey data
  • Cameron, Lisa (Monash University)
  • Erkal, Nisvan (University of Melbourne)
  • Gangadharan, Lata (Monash University)
  • Meng, Xin (Australian National University)
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
emotional states; human behavior; personality; population policy
  • Abstract

    This study explores the behavioral impact of the One Child Policy in China. Using experimental data it examines whether the One Child Policy affected altruism, trust, trust-worthiness, risk-taking, and competitiveness in individuals. Survey data on personality traits and demographics of the sample are included.
  • Methods

    No weights.
  • Methods

    Presence of Common Scales: Dictator games, trust games, risk games, and competition games were conducted. The Big-5 personality traits was also used.
  • Methods

    Response Rates: 100 percent
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 2010-03-10 / 2010-03-27
    Time period: 2010-03-10--2010-03-27
  • 2010-03-10 / 2010-03-27
    Collection date: 2010-03-10--2010-03-27
Geographic Coverage
  • Asia
  • Beijing
  • China (Peoples Republic)
  • Global
Sampled Universe
Population of Beijing. Smallest Geographic Unit: city
Random sample of Beijing population born in 1975, 1978, 1980, and 1983, with parents who had urban hukou at the time of the respondents birth. Subjects were recruited by a private survey company using their regular subject-recruitment network, by approaching people on the streets of Beijing, and by posting an advertisement on their website, and on notice boards and street lamp posts across Beijing.
Collection Mode
  • The zipped package contains Stata and Word files, which provide data, tables, and figures used in the publication.

    These data are part of ICPSR's Publication-Related Archive and are distributed exactly as they arrived from the data depositor. ICPSR has not checked or processed this material. Users should consult the investigator(s) if further information is desired.

This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 34521 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Cameron, Lisa, Erkal, Nisvan, Gangadharan, Lata, Meng, Xin. Little emperors: Behavioral impacts of China's one-child policy. Science .10, 2013.
    • ID: 10.1126/science.1230221 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-16

Cameron, Lisa; Erkal, Nisvan; Gangadharan, Lata; Meng, Xin (2013): Little Emperors: Behavioral Impacts of China's One-Child Policy. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.