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Birth order matters: the effect of family size and birth order on educational attainment

Booth, Alison L; Kee, Hiau Joo


We use unique retrospective family background data from the 2003 wave of the British Household Panel Survey to explore the degree to which family size and birth order affect a child’s subsequent educational attainment. Theory suggests a trade off between child quantity and ‘quality’. Family size might adversely affect the production of child quality within a family. A number of arguments also suggest that siblings are unlikely to receive equal shares of the resources devoted by parents to their...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Type: Working/Technical Paper
Source: Journal of Population Economics
DOI: 10.1007/s00148-007-0181-4


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