The Role of the Family in Child Education

C. Y. Cyrus Chu and Ruoh‐Rong Yu

in Understanding Chinese Families

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199578092
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722424 | DOI:
The Role of the Family in Child Education

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In the Western scenario, characterized by weak gender preferences and mostly parent‐to‐child downward transfers, parental education investment on children is a pure allocation problem. Therefore the sibling dilution effect and the sibling spacing effect (siblings with close age difference hurt each other) in child education are observed. In Chinese families, where son preferences are prevalent and upward transfers from child to parents are common under the norm of filial piety, the sibling structure plays a more complex role. In the Taiwan setting, it is found that if a female has more junior siblings spaced far apart, her education attainment will be lower. In China, the seniority and spacing effect is smaller, but brothers (regardless of seniority and spacing) are always detrimental to the female's education.

Keywords: gender preferences; son preferences; education investment; sibling dilution effect; sibling spacing effect

Chapter.  8116 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management

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