"I find the results to be remarkable that the second-born children, compared to their older siblings, are much more likely to end up in prison, much more likely to get suspended in school, enter juvenile delinquency. The firstborn has role models, who are adults".
Ladies, gentlemen and them, we are talking about second children here. According to a report from Joseph Doyle, an MIT economist, the "curse of the second-born child" might be true after all.
The study, which compared data from Denmark and Florida, shows that second-born boys are "substantially more likely to exhibit delinquency problems" when compared to their older sibling.
After poring through tons of data sets, Doyle and colleagues Sanni Breining, David Figlio, Krzys Karbownik and Jeffrey Roth found that second-born children, particularly sons, have a 25 percent to 40 percent increased likelihood of being troublemakers at school or with police when compared to first-born children in the same family.
Researchers examining delinquency looked at data from thousands of families in Florida in the United States and in Denmark. The team behind the study discovered that the arrival of a second-born child has a potential to extend a parent's early-childhood investment in their first-born child.
Additionally, first-born children look to their parents as their first role-models in life, while second-born children also have role models who are "slightly irrational 2-year-olds", Doyle said. "It's just very hard to separate those two things because they happen at the same time".