China’s One Child Policy Producing “Risk Averse” and “Pessimistic” Children

Rebecca Morelle
January 10, 2012

People growing up under China’s one child policy are less trusting, more risk averse and more pessimistic, a study concludes.

An Australian team of researchers compared people who were born just before the policy was introduced with those born after.

They used economic games and surveys to assess the participants’ behavioural and personality traits.

The findings are published in the journal Science.

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