Boston University, Department of Economics
The Behavioral Economics of How Sibling Sex Composition Affects Women's Educational Attainment (with Kaiwen Leong)
Abstract: Butcher and Case  empirically show that girls' educational attainment has been affected by the sex composition of her siblings, and that boys' educational attainment has not in the United States. The paper provides a theoretical model to explain these within household effects of sibling sex composition. The parent has present-biased time preferences and is inclined to underinvest in education for his children. To mitigate this problem, the parent has an incentive to distort his memory. When the girls' returns to education are more uncertain than those for boys, the sibling sex composition affects the educational attainment of children.