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Study: First-Born Children Do Better In School

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CBS Charlotte) – A new study has found that first-born children do better in school than their siblings who follow.

The study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that first-born children face more intense rules, limited tv watching, and homework being monitored more than their siblings.  Researchers looked at children born in 1979 who were raised in “intact” families.

The study concluded that first-born children were perceived by mothers as doing better in school with high scores on academic achievement tests.

Duke University researcher V. Joseph Hotz and Juan Pantano of Washington University in St. Louis explained that mothers had more rules for first-born children and reported being more likely to punish them if they performed poorly in school.

“We provide robust empirical evidence that school performance of children…declines with birth order as does the stringency of their parent’s disciplinary restrictions. And, when asked how they will respond if a child brought home bad grades, parents state that they would be less likely to punish their later-born children,” the authors wrote.

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