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Birth Order and Success

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They were all first-born children in their families.
 
Birth Order and Success

In his book The Pecking Order: Which Siblings Succeed and Why, New York University sociology professor Dalton Conley says that 75% of the income inequality between individuals in the United States occurs between siblings in the same families. His examples include famous siblings Bill and Roger Clinton and Jimmy and Billy Carter.

Folklore tells us that first-born children get the shaft because parents are likely to be stricter with them, while later-born siblings are thought to have things a little easier. And of course, we all believe the only child gets whatever he or she wants!

But what about career achievement? Does birth order really determine how successful a person will be?

According to CareerBuilder.com editor Kate Lorenz, research shows that birth order impacts personality, behavior, learning, and, ultimately, earning power. First-born and only children usually reach higher educational goals, obtain greater prestige, and acquire more net wealth. On the other hand, the middle child in a large family is apt to have more struggles. Case in point: poor Jan Brady!

Here's a look at how birth order may influence you:

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