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An Evolutionary Account of Status, Power, and Career in Modern Societies.
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PMID:  22623140     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
We hypothesize that in modern societies the striving for high positions in the hierarchy of organizations is equivalent to the striving for status and power in historical and traditional societies. Analyzing a sample of 4,491 US men and 5,326 US women, we find that holding a supervisory position or being in charge of hiring and firing is positively associated with offspring count in men but not in women. The positive effect in men is attributable mainly to the higher proportion of childlessness among men in non-supervisory positions and those without the power to hire and fire. This effect is in accordance with the positive relationship between other status indicators and reproductive success found in men from traditional, historical, and modern societies. In women, we further find a curvilinear relationship between income percentile and offspring number by analyzing US census data, indicating that women may strive for resources associated with advancement rather than for status per se.
Martin Fieder; Susanne Huber
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-5-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Human nature (Hawthorne, N.Y.)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1936-4776     ISO Abbreviation:  Hum Nat     Publication Date:  2012 May 
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Created Date:  2012-5-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9010063     Medline TA:  Hum Nat     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Anthropology, University of Vienna, Althanstr. 14, 1090, Vienna, Austria,
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