Does Birth Spacing Affect Personality?

42 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2017

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Bart Golsteyn

Maastricht University - Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Stockholm University - Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI)

Cécile Magnée

Maastricht University

Abstract

This paper studies the causal effect of birth spacing (i.e., the age difference between siblings) on personality traits. We use longitudinal data from a large British cohort which has been followed from birth until age 42. Following earlier studies, we employ miscarriages between the first and second child as an instrument for birth spacing. The results show that a larger age gap between siblings negatively affects personality traits of the youngest child in two-child households. This result sheds a first light on the causal effects of birth spacing on personality traits.

Keywords: birth spacing, family structure, personality traits

JEL Classification: J12, J13, J24

Suggested Citation

Golsteyn, Bart and Magnée, Cécile, Does Birth Spacing Affect Personality?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10563. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2923648

Bart Golsteyn (Contact Author)

Maastricht University - Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) ( email )

P.O. Box 616
Maastricht, MD6200
Netherlands

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Stockholm University - Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) ( email )

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SE-106 91 Stockholm
Sweden

Cécile Magnée

Maastricht University

P.O. Box 616
Maastricht, 6200MD
Netherlands

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