Born to be wild? The effect of birth order, families and schools on truancy (Version 4.0)

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Title: Born to be wild? The effect of birth order, families and schools on truancy (Version 4.0)
Authors: Denny, Kevin
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Date: 13-Sep-2004
Abstract: This paper models the probability of 15-year-old children missing school or being late. The paper sets out to uncover the effects of family background and birth order on attendance. Looking at birth order effects allows one to test Sulloway’s “Born to Rebel” hypothesis that older siblings are more compliant than their younger siblings. Using data from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) for Germany, Korea, Ireland, Mexico, Russia and the United States, the evidence here provides little support for the hypothesis in general. The paper finds, somewhat surprisingly, that the socio-economic background of the teenagers has very little effect either. Those from single parent households are however more likely to have poor attendance. However students who feel positively about their teachers are less likely to have bad attendance. Similarly where students feel there is a good disciplinary climate in the class they are also less likely to have poor attendance. In some cases private schools are associated with better attendance.
Funding Details: Atlantic Philanthropies
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Institute for the Study of Social Change (Geary Institute)
Series/Report no.: ISSC Discussion Paper Series; 2004/06
Copyright (published version): 2004 Institute for the Study of Social Change
Subject LCSH: School attendance
Birth order
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Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Geary Institute Working Papers
Economics Research Collection

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