2. Cultural Ramifications

Birth order has long affected the laws and traditions of cultures. Some groups expect their first-borns to act more assertive and take charge. This leads to some families driving their first child into career fields that allow them to have a leadership role. This also affects inheritance laws in some cultures, on the assumption that first-borns are better equipped to handle the responsibility than their siblings. These concepts of birth order even extend to only children. Mainland China’s little emperor syndrome stems from the idea that all only children will act bratty, snobbish, and spoiled.

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