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Korean Sheep Goat. Indeed, Dumbledore may have been onto something: Early sorting can wind up giving certain kids a huge advantage. The paper focuses on superstitions surrounding the Chinese zodiac and the creatures that animate each year of its year cycle: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep or ram, goat, or ovicaprid , Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Millennia ago, the zodiac offered an easy system for identifying when someone was born.
More recently, popular superstition holds that a child will grow up embodying the characteristics associated with the zodiacal animal of their birth year. And, of course, some animals have more desirable qualities than others. Those born in the year of the Dragon—including the years , , , , and —are thought to be strong, powerful, brave, and lucky. This superstition is likely why, in places including Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, couples are known to get married in droves starting two years before an auspicious sign, allowing plenty of time to conceive a baby that will be born during the year of the Dragon.
After a few decades of Maoism suppressing superstitions, it seems China is embracing this habit too. Analyzing marriage data from to , Naci Mocan and Han Yu, economists at Louisiana State University, found that more Chinese couples got hitched in the two years before the Dragon, giving them enough time to plan a Dragon baby. Sure enough, births spiked in the two most recent Dragon years, and , compared with the years immediately prior.
In other words, one might expect Dragons to fare worse, on average, than peers close to them in age. The study looked at 5, students born between and from 15 universities in Beijing. Of the group randomly selected to answer the survey, Dragon kids scored higher on the all-important high school entrance exam than their peers. One might assume the effect is psychological.
That, in turn, could boost their confidence in the classroom and professional ambitions. Not with these Dragon kids, though. The authors also analyzed the results of a nationwide test given to 13, middle-school students, all born between and Their self-esteem was average. The answer seems to lie with their proud parents.
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