publication . Report . Research . 2017

Birth Order and Child Health

Björkegren, Evelina; Svaleryd, Helena;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2017
  • Publisher: Uppsala universitet, Nationalekonomiska institutionen
  • Country: Norway
Abstract
Previous research has established that birth order affects outcomes such as educational achievements, IQ and earnings. The mechanisms behind these effects are, however, still largely unknown. In this paper, we examine birth-order effects on health, and whether health at young age could be a transmission channel for birth-order effects observed later in life. We find no support for the birth-order effect having a biological origin; rather firstborns have worse health at birth. This disadvantage is reversed in early age and later-born siblings are more likely to be hospitalized for injuries and avoidable conditions, which could be related to less parental attentio...
Subjects
free text keywords: Birth order, child health, parental behavior, endogenous fertility, Economics, Nationalekonomi, J13, J24, I12, ddc:330
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publication . Report . Research . 2017

Birth Order and Child Health

Björkegren, Evelina; Svaleryd, Helena;