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Are first-borns more likely to attend Harvard?

Millner, Antony and Calel, Raphael (2012) Are first-borns more likely to attend Harvard? Significance, 9 (3). pp. 37-39. ISSN 1740-9705

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1740-9713.2012.00576.x


Between 75% and 80% of students at Harvard are first-borns. Do first-born children work harder academically, and so end up overrepresented at top universities? So claims noted philosopher Michael Sandel. But Antony Millner and Raphael Calel find a simple fault in the statistical reasoning and give a more plausible explanation.

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Additional Information: © 2012 The Authors
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2012 10:10
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2021 00:16

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