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Number of siblings and school achievement in sub Sahara Africa

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  • KUEPIE Mathias
  • TENIKUE Michel
  • NOUETAGNI Samuel
  • MISANGUMUKINI Nicaise

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This paper uses biographical data from Dakar and Yaounde, two big African cities, to study the link between the number of siblings and school attainment. The data describe all fertility events meet by parents and the sibling?s size structure of every child over time. The average sibling size effect is estimated first. Then, the sibling?s size at given age effect is estimated. The results show that, in Dakar, both the overall and age specific siblings size effect on education are negative and statistically significant. In Yaounde, the overall effect is not significant, but we observed negative effects at some schooling ages (between 14 and 16). This paper uses biographical data from Dakar and Yaounde, two big African cities, to study the link between the number of siblings and school attainment. The data describe all fertility events meet by parents and the sibling?s size structure of every child over time. The average sibling size effect is estimated first. Then, the sibling?s size at given age effect is estimated. The results show that, in Dakar, both the overall and age specific siblings size effect on education are negative and statistically significant. In Yaounde, the overall effect is not significant, but we observed negative effects at some schooling ages (between 14 and 16).

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  • KUEPIE Mathias & TENIKUE Michel & NOUETAGNI Samuel & MISANGUMUKINI Nicaise, 2011. "Number of siblings and school achievement in sub Sahara Africa," LISER Working Paper Series 2011-31, LISER.
  • Handle: RePEc:irs:cepswp:2011-31
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    1. Mathias Kuepie & Michel Tenikue & Samuel Nouetagni & Nicaise Misangumukini, 2014. "Number, Age Composition and School Achievements of Siblings in Two African Capital Cities," Oxford Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 42(4), pages 534-552, December.
    2. James Lachaud & Vissého Adjiwanou & Thomas LeGrand & Jean-François Kobiané, 2014. "Family size and intra-family inequalities in education in Ouagadougou," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 31(49), pages 1455-1476, December.

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    Education; siblings; Dakar; Yaounde;

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