Setting a Good Example? Examining Sibling Spillovers in Education Achievement Using a Regression Discontinuity Design

52 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2019

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Krzysztof Karbownik

Northwestern University

Umut Ozek

American Institutes for Research

Date Written: 2019

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Karbownik, Krzysztof and Ozek, Umut, Setting a Good Example? Examining Sibling Spillovers in Education Achievement Using a Regression Discontinuity Design (2019). CESifo Working Paper No. 7531. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3348720

Krzysztof Karbownik (Contact Author)

Northwestern University

Umut Ozek

American Institutes for Research

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