Sibship size and educational attainment in the UK

Chan, T.W., Henderson, M. & Stuchbury, R. (2014) BSPS Annual Conference 2014, Univ of Winchester, 8 - 10 September 2014. [ONS LS]

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We use ONS LS data from 1971 through 2011 to explore whether the sibship size of LS members has a causal effect on their educational outcome. Our strategy is to extract household information of LS members (number of siblings, whether they lived with both parents up to mid-teens, parental class and education, housing tenure, etc) when they were aged 4-7 and 14-17, and link this to their educational outcome when they were aged 24-27. By using twin births as an instrumental variable, we seek to determine whether number of siblings really leads to lower educational outcome. And by comparing LS members who were 4-7 in 1971, 1981 and 1991 respectively, we seek to determine whether the causal effects of family size has changed over time. linking LS members household composition information when they were of 4-7 and 14-17.

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Output from project: 0301702


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