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Understanding Chinese FamiliesA Comparative Study of Taiwan and Southeast China$
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C. Y. Cyrus Chu and Ruoh-Rong Yu

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199578092

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199578092.001.0001

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The Role of the Family in Child Education

The Role of the Family in Child Education

(p.156) 8 The Role of the Family in Child Education
Understanding Chinese Families

C. Y. Cyrus Chu

Ruoh‐Rong Yu

Oxford University Press

In the Western scenario, characterized by weak gender preferences and mostly parent‐to‐child downward transfers, parental education investment on children is a pure allocation problem. Therefore the sibling dilution effect and the sibling spacing effect (siblings with close age difference hurt each other) in child education are observed. In Chinese families, where son preferences are prevalent and upward transfers from child to parents are common under the norm of filial piety, the sibling structure plays a more complex role. In the Taiwan setting, it is found that if a female has more junior siblings spaced far apart, her education attainment will be lower. In China, the seniority and spacing effect is smaller, but brothers (regardless of seniority and spacing) are always detrimental to the female's education.

Keywords:   gender preferences, son preferences, education investment, sibling dilution effect, sibling spacing effect

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