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A causal test of the demonstration effect theory

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  • Mitrut, Andreea
  • Wolff, François-Charles

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We propose a causal test of the demonstration effect theory using gender differences in the provision of upstream transfers. Using Romanian data, we find that young daughters affect their parents' contact with the grandparents differently than young sons do.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 103 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (April)
Pages: 52-54

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:103:y:2009:i:1:p:52-54

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Keywords: Demonstration effect Upstream transfer Romania;

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