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Sibling Effects on High School Exam Taking and Performance

Younger siblings take more advanced high school course end of year exams when their older siblings perform better in those same exams. Using a regression discontinuity and data from millions of siblings who take Advanced Placement (AP) exams, we show that younger siblings with older siblings who marginally “pass” an AP exam are more likely to take at least one AP exam, increase the total number of AP exams, and are more likely to take the same exam as their sibling. The largest impacts are found among sisters, but we do not see differential effects in coursework where females are underrepresented.

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Gurantz, Oded, Michael Hurwitz, and Jonathan Smith. (). Sibling Effects on High School Exam Taking and Performance. (EdWorkingPaper: 20-265). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University:

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