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Motives for Investment in Human Capital of Children: Evidence from Indonesian Family Life Survey Data

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  • Lakshmi K Raut
  • Lien H Tran

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Two alternative models of parental investments in children's human capital are considered and tested empirically using the Indonesian Family Life Survey (IFLS). The pure loan model and the reciprocity with two-sided altruism model yield different predictions about the effect of children's education level and number of children on intergenerational transfers. Using these predictions, a sepcification test is carried out to differentiate these two models with the data. The evidence favors the second model of reciprocity with two-sided altruism.

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Paper provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 199801.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 1998
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Handle: RePEc:hai:wpaper:199801

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  1. Roland Veras Saldanha Júnior & Priscila Azzolini, 2001. "Estoque de Conhecimento, Incerteza e Investimento em Educação: um Modelo Teórico," Anais do XXIX Encontro Nacional de Economia [Proceedings of the 29th Brazilian Economics Meeting] 104, ANPEC - Associação Nacional dos Centros de Pósgraduação em Economia [Brazilian Association of Graduate Programs in Economics].
  2. Yacouba Diallo, 2001. "Les déterminants du travail des enfants en Côte d'Ivoire," Documents de travail 55, Groupe d'Economie du Développement de l'Université Montesquieu Bordeaux IV.

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