Are first-borns more likely to attend Harvard?
Article first published online: 12 JUN 2012
© 2012 Antony Millner and Raphael Calel
Volume 9, Issue 3, pages 37–39, June 2012
How to Cite
Millner, A. and Calel, R. (2012), Are first-borns more likely to attend Harvard?. Significance, 9: 37–39. doi: 10.1111/j.1740-9713.2012.00576.x
- Issue published online: 12 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 12 JUN 2012
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.