Sibling gender effects on learning during the Covid-19 Pandemic

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After almost two years of Covid-19 pandemic and the school closures that followed all around the world, the concerns about lower learning growth and exacerbated inequalities are larger than ever. In this paper, we use unique data to analyse how the Covid-19 pandemic in Dutch primary education has affected learning growth and whether there are differential multiplicative effects by gender and birth order among siblings. We draw on a dataset that includes around 500,000 Dutch primary school students from about 1,900 schools, with standardized test scores for reading, spelling and maths, as well as rich (family) background information of the students and their siblings. The preliminary results show that girls that are an only child are less affected by the negative effects of the pandemic than only child boys, and that the eldest child in general is less affected than younger siblings. Surprisingly, in contrast with our expectations, we find that having one or more (elder) sisters increases the negative effects of the pandemic, for both boys and girls.
Period9 Sept 2022
Event titleEALE conference 2022
Event typeConference
LocationPadua, ItalyShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational