First Born, First Graduated: A Study Shows Firstborn Kids Might Be Smarter Than Their Siblings


April 23, 2018 11:26 By Fabiosa

Somewhere at the back of their minds, people understand the order in which children are born might have a significant impact on their lives. And that’s really true, especially judging by these simple facts. As a rule, the firstborn child feels more loved and cared about comparing to kids after them. As a result, they grow up to be more independent and have greater leadership skills. A fair share of presidents and corporate leaders were firstborn in their families.

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A study published in the Journal of Human Resources, claims that firstborn kids have better cognitive tests results, and the reason for that seems to be “a broad shift in parenting.” Such a conclusion isn’t taken out of thin air. On the contrary, the substantial study was based on the Children of the National Longitudinal Survey of the Youth and involved thousands of Americans 14-21 years old. Its co-author, Jee-Yeon K. Lehmann, an economist at the Analysis Group in Boston, said:

We were surprised by the finding that birth order differences in cognitive test scores and parental behavior appeared so early. First-time parents tend to want to do everything right and generally have a greater awareness of their interactions with and investments in the firstborn. With each subsequent child, parents tend to relax to a greater extent what they might deem as non-essential needs for their kids.


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And the idea that the eldest child in the family will likely have a higher IQ level comes true in the majority of cases. Researchers who published their results in separate papers in two journals, Science and Intelligence, and leading scientist consider them “the most important publications to come out in this field in 70 years.” And such conclusions are explained by the fact the firstborns have higher chances of receiving education and are treated better by their parents.

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