Explaining the Birth Order Effect : The Role of Prenatal and Early Childhood Investments

  title={Explaining the Birth Order Effect : The Role of Prenatal and Early Childhood Investments},
  author={Jee-Yeon K. Lehmann and Ana Nuevo-Chiquero and Marian Vidal-Fernandez},
The critical role of prenatal and early childhood conditions on adult outcomes has been the focus of a rich body of research. In this paper, we examine various preand postnatal investments as possible sources behind the “birth order effect” – significant differences in the educational and labor market outcomes across children of varying birth orders. Taking advantage of a rich set of information on in utero and early childhood conditions in the Children of the NLSY79, we find that, within the… CONTINUE READING

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