The Impact of Family Composition on Educational Achievement

Chen, Stacey H., Yen-Chien Chen, and Jin-Tan Liu, (2019) “The Impact of Family Composition on Educational Achievement,” Journal of Human Resources, 54(1): 122-170.

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Stacey Chen

University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Public Policy

Yen‐Chien Chen

National Chi Nan University

Jin-Tan Liu

National Taiwan University

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Date Written: June 24, 2017

Abstract

Parents preferring sons tend to have more children until a boy is born and concentrate investment in boys for a given number of children (sibsize). Thus, having a brother may affect a child's education in two ways: an indirect effect by keeping sibsize lower and a direct rivalry effect where sibsize remains constant. We estimate the direct and indirect effects of a next brother on the first child's education conditional on potential sibsize. We address endogenous sibsize using twins. We find new evidence of sibling rivalry and gender bias that conventional methods cannot detect.

Keywords: family size effect, sibling rivalry, parental investment

JEL Classification: J1, I25, O15

Suggested Citation

Chen, Stacey and Chen, Yen‐Chien and Liu, Jin-Tan, The Impact of Family Composition on Educational Achievement (June 24, 2017). Chen, Stacey H., Yen-Chien Chen, and Jin-Tan Liu, (2019) “The Impact of Family Composition on Educational Achievement,” Journal of Human Resources, 54(1): 122-170., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3816501

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Yen‐Chien Chen

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