Birthday effect

Yuret T.

APPLIED ECONOMICS LETTERS, vol.25, no.13, pp.914-917, 2018 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 25 Issue: 13
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/13504851.2017.1383592
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.914-917
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


According to the Turkish legal code, a student born in December must enrol in primary school alongside students born 11months earlier in January. In this study, Turkish college admissions data is used to measure the effect of younger enrolment in primary school. It was found that students who are born in the second half of the year are less likely to be from selective public high schools, and are less likely to be successful in college admissions test. These results are consistent with disadvantages associated with younger enrolment in primary school.