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Sibling configurations, educational aspiration and attainment

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  • Bu, Feifei

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Previous studies have found that firstborn children enjoy a distinct advantage over their later- born counterparts in terms of educational attainment. This paper advances the state of knowledge in this area in two ways. First, it analyses the role of young people’s aspirations, estimating the effects of sibling configurations on adolescents’ educational aspirations, and the importance of these aspirations on later attainment. Second, it employs multilevel modelling techniques, using household-based data which include information on multiple children living in the same families. The paper finds that firstborn children have higher aspirations, and that these aspirations play a significant role in determining later levels of attainment. We also demonstrate a significant positive effect of age spacing on educational attainment.

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  • Bu, Feifei, 2014. "Sibling configurations, educational aspiration and attainment," ISER Working Paper Series 2014-11, Institute for Social and Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:ese:iserwp:2014-11
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    1. ​Firstborn Girls Are More Likely To Succeed Than Familial Underlings
      by ? in Jezebel on 2014-04-27 22:00:00
    2. Firstborn girls most likely to succeed
      by ? in Scientific American Blog: Observations on 2014-05-02 00:24:00

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    1. Black, Sandra E. & Grönqvist, Erik & Öckert, Björn, 2016. "Born to lead? The effect of birth order on non-cognitive abilities," Working Paper Series 2016:18, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.
    2. Black, Sandra E. & Devereux, Paul J. & Salvanes, Kjell G., 2016. "Healthy(?), wealthy, and wise: Birth order and adult health," Economics & Human Biology, Elsevier, vol. 23(C), pages 27-45.
    3. Chris SAKELLARIOU & Fang ZHENG, 2014. "Returns to Schooling for Urban Residents and Migrants in China: New IV Estimates and a Comprehensive Investigation," Economic Growth Centre Working Paper Series 1407, Nanyang Technological University, School of Social Sciences, Economic Growth Centre.

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