Knowledge@SMU

Authors

Knowledge@SMU

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

8-2009

Abstract

The birth of a child is usually a joyous occasion. In many Asian societies, it also represents an important milestone for families - so important that spiritual mediums have to be consulted and fortunes told, for there are auspicious and inauspicious times to bear a child. While the idea of birth planning by means of star-gazing may sound ludicrous, research has shown that ‘auspicious children’ do indeed fare better. Are there mystical powers at play? A study of child births and children in Vietnam provides an unusual take on the motivating factors behind a child’s future.

Disciplines

Economics | Health Economics | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Copyright Owner and Holder

Copyright © Singapore Management University 2012

Article ID

1227

Subject(s)

Health Economics

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