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The more the merrier? The effect of family size and birth order on children's education
There is an extensive theoretical literature that postulates a trade-off between child quantity and quality within a family. However, there is little causal evidence that speaks to this theory. Using
From the Cradle to the Labor Market? The Effect of Birth Weight on Adult Outcomes
Lower birth weight babies have worse outcomes, both short-run in terms of one year mortality rates and longer run in terms of educational attainment and earnings. However, recent research has called
Why the Apple Doesn't Fall Far: Understanding Intergenerational Transmission of Human Capital
Parents with higher education levels have children with higher education levels. However, is this because parental education actually changes the outcomes of children, suggesting an important
Too Young to Leave the Nest? The Effects of School Starting Age
Abstract Using Norwegian data, we examine effects of school starting age (SSA). Unlike much recent literature, we can separate SSA from test age effects using scores from IQ tests taken outside
Staying in the Classroom and Out of the Maternity Ward? The Effect of Compulsory Schooling Laws on Teenage Births
This article investigates whether increasing mandatory educational attainment through compulsory schooling legislation encourages women to delay childbearing. We use variation induced by changes in
Made in China, Sold in Norway: Local Labor Market Effects of an Import Shock
We analyze whether regional labor markets are affected by exposure to import competition from China. We find negative employment effects for low-skilled workers, and observe that low-skilled workers
Education and Family Background: Mechanisms and Policies
In every society for which we have data, people’s educational achievement is positively correlated with their parents’ education or with other indicators of their parents’ socioeconomic status. This
Priceless: The Nonpecuniary Benefits of Schooling
Increasing wealth provides key motivation for students to forgo earnings and struggle through exams. But, as we argue in this paper, schooling generates many experiences and affects many dimensions
The More the Merrier? The Effect of Family Composition on Children's Education
Among the perceived inputs in the "production" of child quality is family size; there is an extensive theoretical literature that postulates a tradeoff between child quantity and quality within a
A Flying Start? Maternity Leave Benefits and Long-Run Outcomes of Children
We study a change in maternity leave entitlements in Norway. Mothers giving birth before July 1, 1977, were eligible for 12 weeks of unpaid leave, while those giving birth after that date were