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Friday, January 8, 2016

Family Size Impacts Cognitive Abilities, Behavioral Problems

From NBER (the National Bureau of Economic Research)
via Real Clear Education

By Chinhui Juhn, NBER
January 5, 2016


THE QUANTITY-QUALITY TRADE-OFF AND
THE FORMATION OF COGNITIVE AND NON-COGNITIVE SKILLS

This study finds that families face a substantial quantity-quality trade-off when it comes to family size. Increases in family size decrease parental investment, decrease childhood cognitive abilities, and increase behavioral problems. The negative effects on cognitive abilities are much larger for girls, while the detrimental effects on behavior are larger for boys.

Read or download the full study HERE (47 pages; PDF)

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