Second-born boys more likely to commit crime

Rebecca Barbier
Julho 17, 2017

We know that first-born children are smarter than their siblings (well, at least according to this study), but now first-borns have one more thing to lord over their younger siblings' heads.

The researchers came to this conclusion after examining thousands of family data sets of brothers from both Florida and Denmark, according to the report. Once a family's second child arrives, parents tend to be less vigilant, he said.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) economist Joseph Doyle's research suggests the "curse of the second-born child" could be true. Doyle and his colleagues found that second-borns (usually boys) are more prone to have a rebellious side compared to their older siblings.

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According to the study Birth Order and Delinquency and written about here on WTEN's website: Evidence from Denmark and Florida, families with two or more children, second-born boys are 20 to 40 percent more likely to be disciplined in school and enter the criminal justice system compared to first-born boys even when compared to other siblings. After years of enduring Chinese burns from younger brothers, you now have scientific proof that he's more likely to be a trouble-maker than you.

"The first-born has role models, who are adults. And the second, later-born children have role models who are slightly irrational two-year-olds, you know, their older siblings", Doyle notes. "Both the parental investments are different, and the sibling influences probably contribute to these differences we see in the labor market and what we find in delinquency".

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