It’s everyone for himself on sinking ships

STOCKHOLM (AP) – A hundred years after the Titanic sank, two Swedish researchers on Thursday said when it comes to sinking ships, male chivalry is “a myth” and more men generally survive such disasters than women and children.

Economists Mikael Elinder and Oscar Erixon of Uppsala University also showed in their 82-page study that captains and their crew are 18.7 percentage points more likely to survive a shipwreck than their passengers.

“Our findings show that behavior in life-and-death situation is best captured by the expression ‘every man for himself’,” the authors wrote.

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