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Unassisted
03-11-2005, 06:13 PM
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=571&e=1&u=/nm/norway_age_study_dc


Older Siblings Smarter, Norwegian Study Shows

OSLO (Reuters) - First born children in Norway get better education and as adults are more successful in the job market than younger siblings, a Norwegian-U.S. study showed.

"It is the birth order and not necessarily the size of the family that is important," said economics professor Kjell Salvanes of the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration. "It is better if you are the first born." Salvanes and two colleagues from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) based their study on census data of Norwegians born between 1912 and 1975.

The findings will be published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, a Harvard publication, in May.

They found that younger siblings tend to get less schooling than their elders and then end up with lower pay on average and were more likely to be in part-time work, Salvanes said. The findings were likely to hold true in other countries, he said.

"In terms of educational attainment, if you are the fourth born instead of the first, you get almost one year less education, and that is quite a lot," Salvanes told Reuters.

And first-born children tend to weigh more at birth than their younger brothers and sisters, which is a good predictor for educational success, Salvanes said.

Children alone with two adults also tend to get more intellectual stimulation than children in large families who get less parental attention, he said.

First-born children seem to learn from teaching their younger siblings, contrary to the common notion that younger children benefit by learning from their elders, Salvanes said.

So does that mean big sisters really are smarter?

"Yes. It's hard to admit because I have older sisters," Salvanes said.

jmcclain19
03-11-2005, 06:14 PM
As the oldest sibling in my family, this study is obviously well founded in science and easily provable.

Unassisted
03-11-2005, 06:20 PM
As the oldest sibling in my family, this study is obviously well founded in science and easily provable.I'm glad you approve. When I find the study proving that only children are superior to those with siblings, I'll definitely be posting that one. :D

TeamCasey
03-11-2005, 06:29 PM
As the younger of two, my brother is a moron. Ask anyone.

GIK
03-11-2005, 06:51 PM
I am also the oldest and I can verify that this study is true. :)

KronoRed
03-11-2005, 06:59 PM
I'm the baby and I HAVE THE BRAINS :D

creek14
03-11-2005, 07:02 PM
I'm with GIK and Josh on this one.

Larkin Fan
03-11-2005, 07:02 PM
I am also the oldest and I can verify that this study is true. :)

As can I. :thumbup:

jmcclain19
03-11-2005, 07:04 PM
With GIK, LF, Creek and I all vouching for it, this is obviously a true study.

It must be so.

After all, the only thing surpassed by our brilliance, is our humility.

RFS62
03-11-2005, 07:50 PM
Oh yes, this study is correct in its conclusions.

Indubitably

pedro
03-11-2005, 07:51 PM
WOY and I will agree that our older sister might be the biggest moron on the face of the earth.

I'm not conceeding anything to him though. ;)

RFS62
03-11-2005, 07:54 PM
WOY and I will agree that our older sister might be the biggest moron on the face of the earth.


Biggest moron on the face of the earth, eh?

Well, sir, it's a pretty big planet, and there are some pretty big morons out there, I'll have you know.

Not trying to minimize the moronitude of your sibling, I'm just sayin'.

creek14
03-11-2005, 08:31 PM
Wow, I was unaware that pedro and woy's sister posted on the baseball side. :allovrjr: ;)

Falls City Beer
03-11-2005, 09:02 PM
As the younger of two, my brother is a moron. Ask anyone.


As much as I love my older sister, she got ripped off at the brain bank.

pedro
03-11-2005, 09:04 PM
Biggest moron on the face of the earth, eh?

Well, sir, it's a pretty big planet, and there are some pretty big morons out there, I'll have you know.

Not trying to minimize the moronitude of your sibling, I'm just sayin'.

so very true. but I believe she's at least in the running.

moronitude. now there's a word I like. :)

pedro
03-11-2005, 09:05 PM
Wow, I was unaware that pedro and woy's sister posted on the baseball side. :allovrjr: ;)

believe me, she makes some of us look brilliant. ;)

919191
03-12-2005, 08:20 AM
I can't wait to tell my younger brother.

Maybe I'll draw him a picture.

Too bad he can kick my butt... :thumbdown

SunDeck
03-12-2005, 09:24 AM
My older brothers out earn me, but they will NEVER, NEVER, NEVER be smarter than me!

RedsBaron
03-12-2005, 09:24 AM
With GIK, LF, Creek and I all vouching for it, this is obviously a true study.

It must be so.

After all, the only thing surpassed by our brilliance, is our humility.
I agree. The study merely reaffirms what I already knew.

Spring~Fields
03-12-2005, 10:10 AM
:( :( I was first born and had a good weight at birth and am dumber than a rock :( :( :confused:

SunDeck
03-12-2005, 10:58 AM
:( :( I was first born and had a good weight at birth and am dumber than a rock :( :( :confused:

Yeah, but as long as you're sibs are dumber... :gac:

Spring~Fields
03-12-2005, 12:16 PM
Yeah, but as long as you're sibs are dumber... :gac:

Does half sibs count? if so :thumbup: