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Equal Bequests and Parental Altruism: Compatibility or Orthogonality?

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  • Stark, Oded

    (Department of Economics, University of Oslo)

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The large amount of equal division of bequests by parents who otherwise would have compensated the earning differences among their children is attributed to the cost associated with unequal bequests. This paper identifies a source of this cost and explains why equal bequests to children whose earnings differ, and parental altruism toward these children, are not mutually exclusive.

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Paper provided by Institute for Advanced Studies in its series Economics Series with number 54.

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Length: 7 pages
Date of creation: May 1998
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Handle: RePEc:ihs:ihsesp:54

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Keywords: Parental Altruism; Equal Bequests;

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  1. Dunn, Thomas A. & Phillips, John W., 1997. "The timing and division of parental transfers to children," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 54(2), pages 135-137, February.
  2. Wilhelm, M.O., 1990. "Bequest Behavior And The Effect Of Heirs' Earnings: Testing The Altruistic Model Of Bequests," Papers, Pennsylvania State - Department of Economics 9-90-12, Pennsylvania State - Department of Economics.
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  1. Lundholm, Michael & Ohlsson, Henry, 1999. "Post Mortem Reputation, Compensatory Gifts and Equal Bequests," Working Paper Series, Uppsala University, Department of Economics 1999:3, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
  2. Oded Stark & Junsen Zhang, 2000. "Counter-Compensatory Inter-Vivos Transfers and Parental Altruism: Compatibility or Orthogonality?," Departmental Working Papers _117, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Department of Economics.
  3. Yang-Ming Chang, 2007. "Transfers and bequests: a portfolio analysis in a Nash game," Annals of Finance, Springer, Springer, vol. 3(2), pages 277-295, March.
  4. Elin Halvorsen & Thor Olav Thoresen, 2008. "Parents' Desire to Make Equal Inter Vivos Transfers," CESifo Working Paper Series 2468, CESifo Group Munich.
  5. Jellal, Mohamed & wolff, Fran├žois charles, 2007. "Gifts bequests and family incentives," MPRA Paper 38420, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  6. Roger Faith & Brian Goff & Robert Tollison, 2008. "Bequests, sibling rivalry, and rent seeking," Public Choice, Springer, Springer, vol. 136(3), pages 397-409, September.
  7. Charles Yuji Horioka, 2014. "Are Americans and Indians More Altruistic than the Japanese and Chinese? Evidence from a New International Survey of Bequest Plans," NBER Working Papers 20158, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  8. Francois-Charles Wolff & Seymour Spilerman & Claudine Attias-Donfut, 2005. "Do Parents Help More their Less Well-Off Children? Evidence from a Sample of Migrants to France," Microeconomics, EconWPA 0504001, EconWPA.
  9. Yang-Ming Chang, 2012. "Strategic transfers, redistributive fiscal policies, and family bonds: a micro-economic analysis," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 25(4), pages 1481-1502, October.
  10. Peters, Heiko & Schwarz, Peter, 2013. "Bequests and labor supply in Germany," TranState Working Papers 173, University of Bremen, Collaborative Research Center 597: Transformations of the State.

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