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
See other media coverage
- How parents shape the advantages of being first born, The Conversation
- How parents shape the advantages of being first born, SBS News
- It’s not a myth – being first born really does give you an advantage, Business Insider
- Why first-born children may have greater success, Scientific American
- Why first-born children are smarter, according to science, Inc.
- Why first-borns are smarter and richer, The New Zealand Herald