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  • Solli, Ingeborg

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    (University of Stavanger)

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    Utilizing comprehensive administrative from Norway I investigate birth month effects on school performance at age 16, educational achievement at age 19 and 25 and earnings at age 30. I demonstrate that the oldest children in class have a substantially higher 10th grade GPA than their younger peers. The birth month differences are similar across gender, but stronger for less advantaged children. The birth month effects are robust to controlling for sibling fixed effects. On longer term outcomes, I find that the youngest children in class have a significantly lower probability of having completed high school at age 19, are less likely to enroll into college by age 25, and have substantially lower earnings at age 30. The effects on educational achievement and earnings are more pronounced for boys and for less advantaged children.

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    Paper provided by University of Stavanger in its series UiS Working Papers in Economics and Finance with number 2012/8.

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    Length: 28 pages
    Date of creation: 11 Apr 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:stavef:2012_008
    Contact details of provider: Postal: University of Stavanger, NO-4036 Stavanger, Norway
    Web page: http://www.uis.no/research/economics_and_finance

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    7. Hendrik Jürges & Kerstin Schneider, 2007. "What can go wrong will go wrong: Birthday effects and early tracking in the German school system," MEA discussion paper series 07138, Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA) at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy.
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