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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. Hurd, Michael D, 1989. "Mortality Risk and Bequests," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 57(4), pages 779-813, July.
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  9. Louise Sheiner & David N. Weil, 1992. "The Housing Wealth of the Aged," NBER Working Papers 4115, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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Cited by:
  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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