ERIC Number: ED241656
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Birth Order and Educational Attainment in Full Sibships. CDE Working Paper 83-31.
Hauser, Robert M.; Sewell, William H.
The idea that birth order influences intellectual development and social success has recently been revived, despite the accumulated evidence that birth order effects are often negligible or artifactual. In this paper, the association of birth order with educational attainment is examined among 9,000 Wisconsin high school graduates of 1957 and among their full sibships, including more than 30,000 men and women. Whether selection within the sample of high school graduates, post-secondary educational attainments of those graduates, or educational attainments within full sibships are considered, there are no significant or systematic effects of birth order on educational attainment when other relevant variables have been controlled. Educational attainment appears to increase with birth order when family size is controlled, but this happens because secular increases in schooling have occurred within as well as across families. (Author)
Descriptors: Birth Order, Educational Attainment, Family Size, Postsecondary Education, Predictor Variables, Siblings, Success
Center for Demography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 3224 Social Science Building, Madison, WI 53706 (no cost).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Center for Demography and Ecology.
Note: Many pages have small print; Revised version of paper presented at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association (Detroit, MI, 1983).