This paper explores what determines the survival of people in a life–and-death situation. The sinking of the Titanic allows us to inquire whether pro-social behavior matters in such extreme situations. This event can be considered a quasi-natural experiment. The empirical results suggest that social norms such as ‘women and children first’ persevered during such an event. Women of reproductive age and crewmembers had a higher probability of survival. Passenger class, fitness, group size, and cultural background also mattered.
Source: “Noblesse oblige? Determinants of survival in a life-and-death situation” from Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Volume 74, Issues 1-2, May 2010, Pages 1-11
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