The effect of superstition on health : evidence from the Taiwanese ghost month / Martin Halla (Johannes Kepler University Linz, CDECON, IZA and Austrian Public Health Institute), Chia-Lun Liu (Lehigh University), Jin-Tan Liu (National Taiwan University and NBER) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserHalla, Martin ; Liu, Chia-Lun ; Liu, Jin-tan
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, January 2019
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 12066
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Zusammenfassung (Englisch)

Superstition is a widespread phenomenon. We empirically examine its impact on healthrelated behavior and health outcomes. We study the case of the Taiwanese Ghost month. During this period, which is believed to increase the likelihood of bad outcomes, we observe substantial adaptions in health-related behavior. Our identification exploits idiosyncratic variation in the timing of the Ghost Month across Gregorian calendar years. Using highquality administrative data, we document for the period of the Ghost Months reductions in mortality, hospital admissions, and births. While the effect on mortality is a quantum effect, the latter two effects reflect changes in the timing of events. Efficient public health policy should account for emotional and cultural factors.