Cheaper by the Dozen: Family Size Effects on Children’s Educational Attainment in Egypt

17 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2019

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Reham Rizk

British University in Egypt

Hany Abdel-Latif

Swansea University; Economic Research Forum; The Economic Society

Anita Staneva

Auckland University of Technology

Date Written: September 16, 2019

Abstract

Education is a crucial determinant of child quality. Economic theory and empirical research suggest a trade-off between the quantity and quality of children. Larger families facing tighter constraints are likely to distribute resources among children unevenly, which can adversely affect educational investment in some children within the same family. This paper investigates the effects of the number and order of siblings on children's educational attainment in Egypt; a developing country that has been overlooked in the literature. For this purpose, we use the Egyptian labor market panel survey between 2006 and 2012. We control for parental family income, age at birth, and other family-level attributes. We find that a child with more siblings is likely to complete elementary school, but less likely to have a high school degree. Our findings are robust to several specification checks. We build on these findings to inform policy making in the areas of education and family planning.

Keywords: Fertility, Education, Child Quality, Egypt

JEL Classification: D13, J13, O12

Suggested Citation

Rizk, Reham and Abdel-Latif, Hany and Staneva, Anita, Cheaper by the Dozen: Family Size Effects on Children’s Educational Attainment in Egypt (September 16, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3454808 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3454808

Reham Rizk

British University in Egypt ( email )

Suez Rd
El Sherouk City,, Cairo Governorate 11837
Egypt

Hany Abdel-Latif (Contact Author)

Swansea University ( email )

School of Management
Bay Campus
Swansea, SA1 8EN
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/

Economic Research Forum ( email )

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Egypt

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The Economic Society ( email )

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Swansea University
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United Kingdom

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Anita Staneva

Auckland University of Technology ( email )

AUT City Campus
Private Bag 92006
Auckland, 1142
New Zealand

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