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Parental Investment and the Intergenerational Transmission of Economic Preferences and Attitudes

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  • Maria Zumbuhl

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    (Maastricht University)

  • Thomas Dohmen

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    (University of Bonn)

  • Gerard Pfann

    ()
    (Maastricht University)

Abstract

We study empirically whether there is scope for parents to shape the economic preferences and attitudes of their children through purposeful investments. We exploit information on the risk and trust attitudes of parents and their children, as well as rich information about parental efforts in the upbringing of their children from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study. Our results show that parents who invest more in the upbringing of their children are more similar to them with respect to risk and trust attitudes and thus transmit their own attitudes more strongly. The results are robust to including variables on the relationship between children and parents, family size, and the parents’ socioeconomic background.

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Keywords: parental investments; risk preferences; trust; intergenerational transmission; cultural economics; family economics; social interactions;

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  1. Sule Alan & Nazli Baydar & Teodora Boneva & Thomas F. Crossley & Seda Ertac, 2013. "Parental Socialization Effort and the Intergenerational Transmission of Risk Preferences," Koç University-TUSIAD Economic Research Forum Working Papers 1313, Koc University-TUSIAD Economic Research Forum.
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