Setting a Good Example? Examining Sibling Spillovers in Education Achievement Using a Regression Discontinuity Design
52 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2019
Date Written: 2019
We identify externalities in human capital production function arising from sibling spillovers. Using regression discontinuity design generated by school-entry cutoffs and school records from one district in Florida, we find positive spillover effects from an older to a younger child in less affluent families and negative spillover effects from a younger to an older child in more affluent families. These results are consistent with direct spillovers dominating in economically disadvantaged families and with parental reinforcement in more affluent families.
Keywords: sibling spillovers, household dynamics, school starting age, regression discontinuity
JEL Classification: D130, I200, J130
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