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Birth Order, Educational Attainment, and Earnings An Investigation Using the PSID
Journal of Human Resources (2006)
  • Stéphane Mechoulan
Abstract
We examine the implications of being early in the birth order, and whether
a pattern exists within large families of falling then rising attainment with
respect to birth order. Unlike other studies using U.S. data, we go beyond
grade for age and look at racial differences. Drawing from OLS and fixed
effects estimations, we find that being first-born confers a significant educational
advantage that persists when considering earnings; being last-born
confers none. These effects are significant for large Black families at the
high school level, and for White families of any size at both high school and
college levels.
Disciplines
Publication Date
2006
Citation Information
Stéphane Mechoulan. "Birth Order, Educational Attainment, and Earnings An Investigation Using the PSID" Journal of Human Resources (2006)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/stephane_mechoulan/20/