publication . Research . Article . Preprint . 2007

Small family, smart family? Family size and the IQ scores of young men

Black, Sandra; Devereux, Paul; Salvanes, Kjell G.;
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  • Published: 01 Aug 2007 Journal: issn: 0804-6824, Copyright policy
  • Publisher: Institute for the Study of Labor
Abstract
How do families influence the ability of children? Cognitive skills have been shown to be a strong predictor of educational attainment and future labor market success; as a result, understanding the determinants of cognitive skills can lead to a better understanding of children’s long run outcomes. This paper uses a large dataset on the male population of Norway and focuses on one family characteristic: the effect of family size on IQ. Because of the endogeneity of family size, we instrument for family size using twin births and sex composition. IV estimates using sex composition as an instrument show no negative effect of family size; however, IV estimates u...
Subjects
free text keywords: Familie, Kognition, Männer, J1, Norwegen, IQ, I2, Kinder, Family size; IQ; Young men--Intelligence levels; Family size--Norway; Educational attainment--Norway, Family size, Educational attainment--Norway, :Samfunnsvitenskap: 200::Psykologi: 260::Biologisk psykologi: 261 [VDP], :Samfunnsvitenskap: 200::Økonomi: 210::Samfunnsøkonomi: 212 [VDP], Young men--Intelligence levels, Family size--Norway, family size; intelligence; Quantity-Quality Model, jel:I2, jel:J1, jel:J13, jel:J24, jel:J01, jel:J12, ddc:330
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publication . Research . Article . Preprint . 2007

Small family, smart family? Family size and the IQ scores of young men

Black, Sandra; Devereux, Paul; Salvanes, Kjell G.;