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Title:Birth order and schooling: theory and evidence from twelve sub-Saharan countries
Authors:Tenikue, MichelISNI
Verheyden, BertrandISNI
Year:2010
Periodical:Journal of African Economies (ISSN 0963-8024)
Volume:19
Issue:4
Pages:459-495
Language:English
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:schooling
age
economic behaviour
household budget
Link:http://jae.oxfordjournals.org/content/19/4/459.full.pdf
Abstract:The authors examine the impact of birth order on the discrimination between siblings in terms of schooling and child labour. A dynamic model shows how birth order interacts with current and future consumption and highlights the crucial role of household wealth. Whereas in poor families liquidity constraints when children are young penalise earlier-born children, richer families tend to invest more in the education of these children. The authors test these predictions by using recent Demographic and Health Survey data sets for twelve sub-Saharan countries. Controlling for household fixed effects, gender and age, the results confirm that the education levels of earlier born children are ceteris paribus lower than their later-born siblings in poor households, whereas earlier-born children are more educated in richer ones. App., bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]
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