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Frontiers of Economics in China

ISSN 1673-3444

ISSN 1673-3568(Online)

CN 11-5744/F

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Front. Econ. China    2017, Vol. 12 Issue (1) : 37-65
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The Effect of Family Size on Children’s Education: Evidence from the Fertility Control Policy in China
Ying Shen()
Institute for Economic and Social Research (IESR), Jinan University, Guangzhou 510630, China; Department of Economics, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA
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Empirical research on the effect of family size on child education is complicated by the endogeneity of family size. This study exploits plausibly exogenous changes in family size caused by China’s population control policy to estimate the causal relationship between family size and child education outcomes. The results show that, compared to an only child, a person with an additional sibling will have an approximate seventeen percentage points lower likelihood of completing middle school in China. Separate regressions across individual characteristics reveal that much of this negative effect appears to be driven by the cohorts born in earlier years after the policy, and children with the highest birth order within a family.

Keywords education      fertility control policy      family size     
Issue Date: 27 April 2017
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Ying Shen. The Effect of Family Size on Children’s Education: Evidence from the Fertility Control Policy in China[J]. Front. Econ. China, 2017, 12(1): 37-65.
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