Why Older Children May Do Better in School

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Which one's the smartest? (AP Photo)
Which one is the smartest?  (AP Photo)

Nearly everyone has a theory about birth order. It's a subject that inpires heated debate among siblings and parents, and endlessly fascinates social scientists. A new paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research adds new perspective to this much-studied topic. "Strategic Parenting, Birth Order and School Performance" suggests that parents systematically treat their older children differently, creating the conditions for them to perform better in school.


V. Joseph Hutz, professor of economics at Duke University, researcher with the National Bureau of Economic Research, and co-author of the new paper "Strategic Parenting, Birth Order, and School Performance."

This segment aired on October 23, 2013.


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