Go to Your Room
May 5, 2008 8:23 AM Subscribe
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Are you an older sibling? Did you feel unfairly treated compared to your brothers and sisters? Well, now you have science to back you up. According to Games Parents and Adolescents Play
, a new sociology study published in The Economic Journal
, the oldest kid in the family really does bear the brunt of parental strictness, while the younger brothers and sisters generally coast on through.
"This reputation model of parent–child interactions yields two empirical predictions. First, parents with two or more children should be more willing to punish their older children who engage in risky behaviour in order to influence the actions of their later-born children. Second, to the extent that parents can establish such reputations, their older children are less likely to engage in risky behaviour as teens. In essence, the reputation model implies that risk-taking of adolescent offspring and parental responses to such behaviour vary systematically by birth order."