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The Impact of Family Composition on Educational Achievement

Stacey Chen (), Yen-Chien Chen and Jin-Tan Liu

No 20443, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: Parents preferring sons tend to go on to have more children until a boy is born, and to concentrate investment in boys for a given number of children (sibsize). Thus, having a brother may affect child education in two ways: an indirect effect by keeping sibsize lower and a direct rivalry effect where sibsize remains constant. We estimate the direct and indirect effects of a next brother on the first child’s education conditional on potential sibsize. We address endogenous sibsize using twins. We find new evidence of sibling rivalry and gender bias that cannot be detected by conventional methods.

JEL-codes: I20 J13 J16 J24 O10 R20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-08
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Published as Stacey H. Chen & Yen-Chien Chen & Jin-Tan Liu, 2019. "The Impact of Family Composition on Educational Achievement," Journal of Human Resources, vol 54(1), pages 122-170.

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