Double Take: The Effect of Sibling Sex Composition on Women's Schooling, Earnings, and Labor Supply

12 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2015

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Moiz Bhai

University of Arkansas at Little Rock - Department of Economics

Date Written: November 3, 2015

Abstract

Understanding the role of the family in the production of human capital is a salient question in economics. Using a twin research design that exploits exogenous gender variation in dizygotic twins, this paper credibly identifies the effect of sibling sex composition on schooling, earnings, and labor supply. Women born with a male co-twin have higher earnings, schooling, and labor force participation than women born with a female co-twin. Men born with a female co-twin, on the other hand, have outcomes that are statistically indistinguishable from zero. Family attributes provide a limited explanation of the sex composition effect.

Keywords: sibling sex composition, gender, twins

JEL Classification: D13, J13, J16

Suggested Citation

Bhai, Moiz, Double Take: The Effect of Sibling Sex Composition on Women's Schooling, Earnings, and Labor Supply (November 3, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2685986 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2685986

Moiz Bhai (Contact Author)

University of Arkansas at Little Rock - Department of Economics ( email )

Little Rock, AR 72205
United States

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