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IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy
Family size and child outcomes: Is there really no trade-off?
() and Hans Grönqvist
Abstract: Recent empirical work questions the negative relationship
between family size and children’s attainments proposed by theoretical work
and supported by a large empirical literature. We use twin births as an
exogenous source of variation in family size in an unusually rich dataset
where it is possible to separately look at intermediate and long run
outcomes. We find little evidence of a causal effect on long term outcomes
such as years of schooling and earnings, and studies that do not take
selection effects into account are likely to overstate the effects. We do,
however, find a small but significant negative impact of family size on
grades in compulsory and secondary school.
Keywords: Family size; twin births; education; earnings; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: I20; J13; (follow links to similar papers)
41 pages, June 11, 2007
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