IFS Press Releases

Month of birth matters for children's well-being as well as for test scores

Date: 01 November 2011
Authors: Claire Crawford , Lorraine Dearden and Ellen Greaves

Previous research published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has shown that children born at the start of the academic year achieve better exam results, on average, than children born at the end of the academic year. In England, this means that children born in the autumn tend to outperform those born in the summer. New research published today by IFS, and funded by the Nuffield Foundation, shows that month of birth also matters for other characteristics and outcomes of young people growing up in England today.