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Sibship size and educational attainment. A joint test of the Confluence Model and the Resource Dilution Hypothesis.
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PMID:  22468016     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Studies on family background often explain the negative effect of sibship size on educational attainment by one of two theories: the Confluence Model (CM) or the Resource Dilution Hypothesis (RDH). However, as both theories - for substantively different reasons - predict that sibship size should have a negative effect on educational attainment most studies cannot distinguish empirically between the CM and the RDH. In this paper, I use the different theoretical predictions in the CM and RDH on the role of cognitive ability as a partial or complete mediator of the effect of sibship size to distinguish the two theories and to identify a unique RDH effect on educational attainment. Using sibling data from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) and a random effect Instrumental Variable model I find that, in addition to a negative effect on cognitive ability, sibship size also has a strong negative effect on educational attainment which is uniquely explained by the RDH.
Mads Meier Jæger
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Journal Detail:
Title:  Research in social stratification and mobility     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0276-5624     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2009 Mar 
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Created Date:  2012-4-2     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101516547     Medline TA:  Res Soc Stratif Mobil     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  1-12     Citation Subset:  -    
The Danish National Centre for Social Research, Research Group on Social Policy and Welfare Services, Herluf Trolles Gade 11, DK-1052 Copenhagen K., Denmark.
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