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Parental actions and sibling inequality

  • Dahan, Momi
  • Gaviria, Alejandro

The model presented in the paper generates important implications concerning how the allocation of resources between children varies across income groups. In the model, poor and middle-income families tend to channel their resources into a few children whereas rich families (and perhaps very poor families as well) tend to allocate resources more evenly. As a result, poor and middle- income families tend to generate more inequality relative to richer families.

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Volume (Year): 72 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1 (October)
Pages: 281-297

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