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Mums and their sons; Dads and their daughters: Panel Data Evidence of Parental Altruism across 14 EU Countries

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  • Jose Alberto Molina

    (Department of Economic Analysis, University of Zaragoza, Spain)

  • Maria Navarro

    (Department of Economic Analysis, University of Zaragoza, Spain)

  • Ian Walker

    (Department of Economics, University of Warwick, UK)

Abstract

We study how fathers’ and mothers’ income satisfaction correlate with the income satisfaction of their sons and daughters, as well as with other economic and sociodemographic variables. We estimate these correlations using data on parents and children in households surveyed in the eight waves of the European Community Household Panel-ECHP (1994-2001) for 14 EU countries. To assess the robustness of simple correlations to we exploit siblings in the Panel and we investigate the sensitivity of the estimates to the inclusion of other control variables. We also adopt a multi-level random effects ordered probit specification that exploits step-parents in the data to allow us to decompose nature from nurture effects. Our headline results suggest strong altruism effects, but these estimated effects differ across countries, differ between mothers and fathers, and are different between sons and daughters.

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Paper provided by Geary Institute, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 200721.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: 12 Jun 2007
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Handle: RePEc:ucd:wpaper:200721

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