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Setting a Good Example?

Examining Sibling Spillovers in Educational Achievement Using a Regression Discontinuity Design

Published in: The Journal of Human Resources, Volume 58, Issue 3 (May 2023). doi: 10.3368/jhr.58.5.0220-10740R1

Posted on rand.org Jul 13, 2023

by Krzysztof Karbownik, Umut Ozek

Using a regression discontinuity design generated by school-entry cutoffs and school records from an anonymous district in Florida, we identify externalities in human capital production function arising from sibling spillovers. We find positive spillover effects from an older to a younger child in less affluent families and negative spillover effects from a younger to an older child in more affluent families. These results provide empirical evidence that educational policies could create both positive and negative within-family externalities depending on the characteristics of the affected households.

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