This paper studies the effect of birth order on a child’s math and reading comprehension aptitudes and likelihood of behavior problems. Numerous studies have been performed on this topic and the conclusions have varied. In this paper, I control for gender, race, number of siblings, mother’s age at birth, mother’s marital status at birth of child, and how often children argue with their parents about homework. I find evidence to suggest that first-born children will have significantly higher academic performance outcomes, last-born children will have significantly lower behavior issues, and the environment in which a child is raised will have a significant impact on behavior and academic performance of a child.
Advisor(s) or Committee Chair
Dr. Claudia Strow, Dr. Stephen Locke, Dr. Dennis Wilson
Econometrics | Economics
Long, Maria, "The Effect of Birth Order on Behavior on Behavior and Academic Performance" (2019). Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects. Paper 791.