Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects



Document Type



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

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Econometrics Commons