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Is the Japanese Extended Family Altruistically Linked? A Test based on Engel Curves

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  • Fumio Hayashi

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Altruism has the well-known neutrality implication that the family's demand for commodities is invariant to the division of resources within the family. We test this by estimating Engel curves on a cross-section of Japanese extended families forming two- generation households. We find that the pattern of food expenditure is significantly affected by the division of resources. The food components whose budget share increases with the older generation's share of household income are precisely those favored by the old such as cereal, seafood, and vegetables.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 5033.

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Date of creation: Feb 1995
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Publication status: published as Journal of Political Economy, June 1995, vol. 103, no. 3, pp. 661-674
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:5033

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  1. T. Paul Schultz, 1990. "Testing the Neoclassical Model of Family Labor Supply and Fertility," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 25(4), pages 599-634.
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