November 10, 2016

Why are first-born children better off? Life Course Centre researcher Dr Marian Vidal-Fernandez joined Monique Wright and Andrew O’Keefe on Channel 7’s Weekend Sunrise to answer this question and discuss “the birth order effect” on Sunday 6 November.

Marian’s new research suggests that first-born children have better educational and employment outcomes due to the lack of quality time parents tend to spend with second-born and subsequent children.

Watch the video to find out more.

Read the LCC Working Paper

The Early Origins of Birth Order Differences in Children’s Outcomes and Parental Behaviour

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