Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/184873
Authors: 
Fumarco, Luca
Baert, Stijn
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
GLO Discussion Paper 278
Abstract: 
This is the first study to investigate whether age gaps between classmates (that is, relative age) affect life-satisfaction gaps in adolescence. To this end, we analyse data from the multi-country Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC) survey. We find evidence that relative age negatively impacts adolescents’ life-satisfaction. A twelve-month age gap decreases life-satisfaction, rated on a 0-10 scale, by 0.3 points. This negative effect is consistent across countries. Finally, this negative effect does not decrease with the increase in absolute age.
Subjects: 
Relative age
adolescents
education
Europe
life-satisfaction
JEL: 
C26
I21
I31
Z13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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