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The Effect of Sibship Size on Children’s Outcomes: Evidence from Vietnam

Daniel Mont (), Cuong Nguyen () and Anh Tran ()
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Daniel Mont: University College London
Anh Tran: Indiana University Bloomington

Child Indicators Research, 2020, vol. 13, issue 1, No 9, 147-173

Abstract: Abstract The child quality-quantity debate pays extensive attention to the effect of sibship size on education, but less is known about other outcomes of children such as health and labor. In this study, we estimate the effect of sibship size on various outcomes of children including disability, education and the labor supply of children in Vietnam. We do not find significant effects of sibship size on disability and working status of children. However, we find that having an additional sibling increases the risk of dropping out of school. More specifically, having an additional sibling reduces the probability of schooling of the first-born children by 1.6 percentage points in families with at least a child. This effect is increasing to around 3.0 percentage points in families with at least three children. The effect of sibship size on the number of completed grades is also higher and more significant in large families.

Keywords: Sibship size; Health; Disability; School enrolment; Employment; Vietnam (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J12 J13 I12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s12187-019-09673-z

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