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Equal bequests and parental altruism: compatibility or orthogonality?

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  • Stark, Oded

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The large amount of equal division of bequests by parents who otherwise would have compensated the earning differences among their children is attributed to the cost associated with unequal bequests. This paper identifies a source of this cost and explains why equal bequests to children whose earnings differ, and parental altruism toward these children, are not mutually exclusive.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 60 (1998)
Issue (Month): 2 (August)
Pages: 167-171

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:60:y:1998:i:2:p:167-171

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  1. Dunn, Thomas A. & Phillips, John W., 1997. "The timing and division of parental transfers to children," Economics Letters, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 54(2), pages 135-137, February.
  2. Wilhelm, Mark O, 1996. "Bequest Behavior and the Effect of Heirs' Earnings: Testing the Altruistic Model of Bequests," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 86(4), pages 874-92, September.
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  1. Jellal, Mohamed & wolff, Fran├žois charles, 2007. "Gifts bequests and family incentives," MPRA Paper 38420, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Charles Yuji Horioka, 2014. "Are Americans and Indians More Altruistic than the Japanese and Chinese? Evidence from a New International Survey of Bequest Plans," ISER Discussion Paper, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University 0901, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University.
  3. Lundholm, M. & Ohlsson, H., 1999. "Post Mortem Reputation, Compensatory Gifts and Equal Bequests," Papers, Uppsala - Working Paper Series 1999:3, Uppsala - Working Paper Series.
  4. Francois-Charles Wolff & Seymour Spilerman & Claudine Attias-Donfut, 2005. "Do Parents Help More their Less Well-Off Children? Evidence from a Sample of Migrants to France," Microeconomics, EconWPA 0504001, EconWPA.
  5. Yang-Ming Chang, 2012. "Strategic transfers, redistributive fiscal policies, and family bonds: a micro-economic analysis," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 25(4), pages 1481-1502, October.
  6. Elin Halvorsen & Thor Olav Thoresen, 2008. "Parents' Desire to Make Equal Inter Vivos Transfers," CESifo Working Paper Series 2468, CESifo Group Munich.
  7. Roger Faith & Brian Goff & Robert Tollison, 2008. "Bequests, sibling rivalry, and rent seeking," Public Choice, Springer, Springer, vol. 136(3), pages 397-409, September.
  8. Stark, Oded & Zhang, Junsen, 2002. "Counter-compensatory inter-vivos transfers and parental altruism: compatibility or orthogonality?," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 47(1), pages 19-25, January.
  9. Peters, Heiko & Schwarz, Peter, 2013. "Bequests and labor supply in Germany," TranState Working Papers 173, University of Bremen, Collaborative Research Center 597: Transformations of the State.
  10. Yang-Ming Chang, 2007. "Transfers and bequests: a portfolio analysis in a Nash game," Annals of Finance, Springer, Springer, vol. 3(2), pages 277-295, March.

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