We comment on the proposition “that lower temperatures and especially greater seasonal variation in temperature calls for individuals and societies to adopt…a greater degree of self-control”, for which we cannot find empirical support in a large dataset with data-driven analyses. After providing more nuance in our theoretical review, we suggest revisiting their model with an eye to the social determinants of self-control.

Self Control, Equator Distance, Climate, Supervised Machine Learning
Erasmus Research Institute of Management

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