A University of Essex study has suggested that firstborn children, especially girls, are more likely to be ambitious and well-qualified.

The study, conducted by Feifei Bu at the Institute for Social and Economic Research, also claimed that parents can improve their children’s chances of academic success by leaving at least a four year gap between babies.

“There are several possible explanations for the higher attainment and ambition of the eldest,” says researcher Bu. “It could be that the parents simply devote more time and energy to them – it could be they are actually more intelligent. For me, I tend to lean towards the theory that parental investment is possibly at work here.”

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