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Are Bequests Accidental or Desired?

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  • Michael Hurd

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After discussing the important for public policy of the magnitude of any bequest motive, the author attempts to specify how a bequest motive should affect actual bequest outcomes.

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Paper provided by RAND Corporation Publications Department in its series Working Papers with number 03-13.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2003
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Handle: RePEc:ran:wpaper:03-13

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  1. Michael D. Hurd & John B. Shoven, 1985. "Inflation Vulnerability, Income, and Wealth of the Elderly, 1969- 1979," NBER Chapters, in: Horizontal Equity, Uncertainty, and Economic Well-Being, pages 125-178 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  1. Jonathan Skinner & Stephen P. Zeldes, 2002. "The Importance of Bequests and Life-Cycle Saving in Capital Accumulation: A New Answer," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 92(2), pages 274-278, May.

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