Long-lasting effects of relative age at school

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Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2019, 168 pp. 166 - 195
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© 2019 Elsevier B.V. We investigate the long-lasting effects on behaviour of relative age at school. We conduct an online incentivised survey with a sample of 1007 adults, who were born at most two months before or after the school entry cut-off date in four Australian states. We find those who were among the oldest in the classroom throughout their school years display higher self-confidence, are more willing to enter in some form of competition and declare taking more risk in a range of domains in their life, compared to those who were among the youngest.
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