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    Study Says that Older Siblings Are Smarter

    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...y_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.
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    Re: Study Says that Older Siblings Are Smarter

    As the oldest sibling in my family, this study is obviously well founded in science and easily provable.

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    Re: Study Says that Older Siblings Are Smarter

    Quote Originally Posted by jmcclain19
    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.
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    Re: Study Says that Older Siblings Are Smarter

    As the younger of two, my brother is a moron. Ask anyone.
    "I've never understood the term "women and children" as if their lives are somewhat more important than men."

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    Re: Study Says that Older Siblings Are Smarter

    I am also the oldest and I can verify that this study is true.

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    Re: Study Says that Older Siblings Are Smarter

    I'm the baby and I HAVE THE BRAINS
    Go Gators!

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    Re: Study Says that Older Siblings Are Smarter

    I'm with GIK and Josh on this one.
    Will trade this space for a #1 starter.

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    Re: Study Says that Older Siblings Are Smarter

    Quote Originally Posted by GIK
    I am also the oldest and I can verify that this study is true.
    As can I.

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    Re: Study Says that Older Siblings Are Smarter

    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.

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    Re: Study Says that Older Siblings Are Smarter

    Oh yes, this study is correct in its conclusions.

    Indubitably
    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
    ~ Mark Twain

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    Re: Study Says that Older Siblings Are Smarter

    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.

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    Re: Study Says that Older Siblings Are Smarter

    Quote Originally Posted by pedro
    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'.
    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
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    Re: Study Says that Older Siblings Are Smarter

    Wow, I was unaware that pedro and woy's sister posted on the baseball side. :allovrjr:
    Will trade this space for a #1 starter.

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    Re: Study Says that Older Siblings Are Smarter

    Quote Originally Posted by TeamCasey
    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.

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    Re: Study Says that Older Siblings Are Smarter

    Quote Originally Posted by RFS62
    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.


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