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Article

2D:4D and individual satisfaction: Evidence from the Russian social survey

Personality and Individual Differences. 2019. Vol. 142. No. 1 May. P. 85-89.
Nye J. V., Bruhanov M., Polyachenko S. S.

Is in utero exposure to testosterone (approximated by finger 2D:4D ratio) correlated with the perception of wellbeing?
The question matters for understanding the role of non-cognitive determinants of economic behavior. We
use unique data from the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (RLMS-HSE) that contains markers for testosterone
exposure and find support for the correlation between female 2D:4D and average measures of subjective
well-being which include: satisfaction with life, work, wage and economic conditions, and with opportunity
for professional growth. The most conclusive results are obtained for the digit ratios of women's right
hands. Both linear negative and inverse U-shaped associations were significant subject to multiple controls. Ushaped
relationships are also observed in the limited number of regressions for males. Even though the data sets
do not allow us to account for problems of endogeneity, the regression analyses suggest that the net direct effect
of 2D:4D is small but statistically significant.