O brother, where start thou?

Family and social networks are widely believed to influence important life decisions but identifying their causal effects is notoriously difficult. Using admissions thresholds that directly affect older but not younger siblings’ college options, Joshua Goodman discusses evidence from the United States, Chile, Sweden and Croatia that older siblings’ college and major choices can significantly influence their younger siblings’ college and major choices. Image courtesy of Joshua Goodman.

Image courtesy of interviewee. May 7, 2021

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