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Siblings and human capital: A comparison between Italy and France

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  • Giulia Ferrari

    (Università di Roma “La Sapienza")

  • Gianpiero Dalla Zuanna

    (University of Padua)

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    This paper investigates how family size affects children’s human capital, comparing Italy and France. We tested the dilution effect in these countries, starting with the assumption that the higher the number of siblings, the fewer parental resources are available for each child, and the lower the probability that each child will successfully pursue his/her educational career. We find a negative correlation between the number of siblings and human capital. However, when the analysis is developed with a causal approach, the strength of the dilution effect weakens in Italy and disappears in France.

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    Article provided by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany in its journal Demographic Research.

    Volume (Year): 23 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 21 (September)
    Pages: 587-614

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    Handle: RePEc:dem:demres:v:23:y:2010:i:21

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    Keywords: causal analysis; dilution effect; education; family size; siblings;

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    1. Gary-Bobo, Robert J. & Picard, Natalie & Prieto, Ana, 2006. "Birth Order and Sibship Sex Composition as Instruments in the Study of Education and Earnings," CEPR Discussion Papers 5514, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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