Family Size and Birth Order in Chile: Using Twins as a Natural Experiment
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Revista de Análisis Económico/ Economic Analysis Review, Vol. 24, No. 2, p. 133-152, December 2009
This study estimates the causal effect of family size and birth order on educational attainment of individuals in the long run. Following recent literature we use the presence of twins as an instrumental variable for family size and fixed effects model for birth order. The results suggest that in Chile there is a negative relationship between family size and individuals’ educational achievements. Moreover, it shows a strong significant and positive effect of being a big brother. However, in larger families there is a nonlinear effect in which middle siblings are less favored.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 20
Keywords: Birth order, family size, family fixed effects, twins, natural experiments
JEL Classification: J12, J13Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: December 15, 2010
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