Is Welfare Dependency Inherited? Estimating the Causal Welfare Transmission Effects Using Swedish Sibling Data
AbstractThis study tests whether individuals who grow up with parents on welfare benefits are themselves more (or less) likely to be welfare recipients as young adults, compared to individuals who grow up in non-welfare households. We use the sibling difference method to identify causal effects separately from the effects of correlated factors. While a descriptive analysis reveals a fairly high positive intergenerational correlation, especially in the late teens and conditional on a large set of household level factors, the sibling analysis provides no support for a causal effect of parents’ welfare benefit receipt on children’s future welfare use.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Research Institute of Industrial Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 894.
Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: 02 Jan 2012
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Welfare benefits; Intergenerational mobility; Sibling approach;
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- Edmark, Karin & Hanspers, Kajsa, 2011. "Is welfare dependency inherited? Estimating the causal welfare transmission effects using Swedish sibling data," Working Paper Series 2011:25, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.
- Edmark, Karin & Hanspers, Kajsa, 2012. "Is welfare dependency inherited? Estimating the causal welfare transmission effects using Swedish sibling data," Working Paper Series, Center for Labor Studies 2012:2, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
- I30 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General
- J10 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - General
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