We analyze the relationship between birth order, parental health investment and children's health using administrative data from Austria. We show that later-born children have better health at birth and are less likely to receive parental health investment in early childhood. However, we do not find that the negative birth order effects on investment are driven by health differences at birth. Despite this parental behavior, the initial health inequalities extend into early and middle childhood. Later-born children show a better health status in school examinations, they consume less medication and are less often hospitalized.
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University of Linz
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