The Influence of Siblings on Academic Achievement

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Room 205

Javaeria Qureshi, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Chicago, Department of Economics

Javaeria Qureshi is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests lie in the economics of education and labor. In current research, she is investigating sibling spillovers in learning production, the intra-household allocation of human capital investments, and the effect of Medicaid coverage on academic achievement. Dr. Qureshi specializes in applied econometrics and impact evaluation, and has consulted for the Development Research Group at the World Bank.

The study Dr. Qureshi will be focusing on for this presentation documents sibling spillover effects on child test score achievement using administrative school records from North Carolina. Dr. Qureshi utilizes the assignment of the older or younger sibling to an experienced teacher as a potentially exogenous shock to measure spillovers on child test scores. While teacher experience is a known determinant of student achievement, this study shows that teacher experience also affects the achievement of a child's younger siblings. These findings suggest that we are underestimating the importance of education inputs because they affect students' achievement as well as that of their siblings.

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