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Title:Birth order, educational attainment and earnings: an investigation using the PSID PDF Logo
Authors:Kantarevic, Jasmin
Mechoulan, St├ęphane
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 1789
Abstract:Whether siblings of specific birth order perform differently has been a longstanding open empirical question. We use the family tree structure of the PSID to examine two claims found in the literature: whether being early in the birth order implies a distinct educational advantage, and whether there exists, within large families, a pattern of falling then rising attainment with respect to birth order, to the point where it becomes best to be last-born. Drawing from OLS and family fixed effects estimations, we find that being first-born confers a significant educational advantage that persists when considering earnings; being last-born confers none.
Subjects:birth order
family size
education
JEL:I2
J1
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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