Older sisters influence the schooling pattern of younger siblings

Updated: Jun 10, 2011, 09:48 AM IST

Washington: A researcher has revealed that the schooling of older siblings, especially older sisters, has a positive effect on the schooling of their younger counterparts.

For the findings, Annika Lindskog, Economics researcher from the University of Gothenburg, studied data from the Amhara region in rural Ethiopia.

Lindskog explored the effects of education among households in the region and found that the schooling of a child or adolescent has a strong effect on the schooling of his or her siblings in the same household.

“My results show that a larger share of younger siblings go to school if their older siblings are educated. This effect is particularly strong between sisters, regardless of whether the older sister still lives in the household,” said Lindskog.

Lindskog insisted her results show how important education of girls is for the development of poor countries.

“Educated girls are important for the success of their younger sisters. They serve as role models and can help their families financially,” she added.

ANI