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Younger siblings fare worse in educational attainment

22 August 2005

Children born later in families don't perform as well as their older siblings, according to a paper presented at the World Congress of the Econometric Society, which is hosted by UCL.

Professor Kjell Salvanes of the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration conducted the first comprehensive analysis of the effect of family composition on educational achievement.

Working with colleagues at UCLA, USA, he analysed everyone in Norway who was aged 16-74 at some point between the years 1986 to 2000.