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Is Welfare Dependency Inherited? Estimating the Causal Welfare Transmission Effects Using Swedish Sibling Data

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  • Edmark, Karin

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    (Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN))

  • Hanspers, Kajsa

    (Uppsala University)

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This 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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Paper provided by Research Institute of Industrial Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 894.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: 02 Jan 2012
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:iuiwop:0894

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Keywords: Welfare benefits; Intergenerational mobility; Sibling approach;

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  1. Hansen, Jörgen & Lofstrom, Magnus, 1999. "Immigrant Assimilation and Welfare Participation: Do Immigrants Assimilate Into or Out-of Welfare," IZA Discussion Papers 100, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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  1. Josephson, Malin & Karnehed, Nina & Lindahl, Erica & Persson, Helena, 2013. "Intergenerational transmission of long-term sick leave," Working Paper Series, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy 2013:19, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.
  2. Espen Bratberg & Øivind Anti Nilsen & Kjell Vaage, 2012. "Is Recipiency of Disability Pension Hereditary?," CESifo Working Paper Series 3796, CESifo Group Munich.

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