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The Impact of Family Composition on Educational Achievement

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

No 16-20, GRIPS Discussion Papers from National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

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 fs 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.

Pages: 47 pages
Date: 2016-10
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