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Bequest Motives: A Comparison of Sweden and the United States

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  • Laitner, John

    (University of Michigan)

  • Ohlsson, Henry

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    (Department of Economics)

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This paper reviews four well--known theoretical models of private bequest behavior, notes their differing implications for public policy, and discusses a way of empirically discriminating among them. Then it implements the test with micro data from Sweden (LLS) and the U.S. (PSID). The so-called altruistic (or dynastic) model, which, among the four models, has perhaps the most wide-ranging implications for policy, receives some, though limited, support in the LLS, but not the PSID. The inter-country difference is statistically significant. There is evidence of a potential complication due to a dependence of children's education on parents financial status in the case of the U.S.

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Paper provided by Uppsala University, Department of Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 1998:16.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 15 Jul 1998
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Public Economics, 2001, pages 205-236.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:uunewp:1998_016

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Keywords: accidental model; altruistic model; egoistic model; exchange model;

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