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Born to be wild? The Effect of Birth Order, Families and Schools on Truancy

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  • Kevin Denny

    (University College Dublin)

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This paper models the probability of 15-year-old children missing school or being late. The paper sets out to uncover the effects of family background and birth order on attendance. Looking at birth order effects allows one to test Sulloway’s “Born to Rebel” hypothesis that older siblings are more compliant than their younger siblings. Using data from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) for Germany, Korea, Ireland, Mexico, Russia and the United States, the evidence here provides little support for the hypothesis in general. The paper finds, somewhat surprisingly, that the socio-economic background of the teenagers has very little effect either. Those from single parent households are however more likely to have poor attendance. However their experience of -or attitude- to school has significant effects as has class size, which is negatively associated with better attendance.

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Paper provided by School Of Economics, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 200421.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 02 Jul 2004
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Handle: RePEc:ucn:wpaper:200421

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Keywords: truancy; birth order; school; family;

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  1. Christian Dustmann & Najma Rajah & Stephen Smith, 1997. "Teenage truancy, part-time working and wages," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 10(4), pages 425-442.
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  1. The effects of truancy
    by Kevin Denny in Geary Behaviour Centre on 2010-10-03 01:07:00

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