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A causal test of the demonstration effect theory

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  • Mitrut, Andreea
  • Wolff, François-Charles

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We propose a causal test of the demonstration effect theory using gender differences in the provision of upstream transfers. Using Romanian data, we find that young daughters affect their parents' contact with the grandparents differently than young sons do.

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  • Mitrut, Andreea & Wolff, François-Charles, 2009. "A causal test of the demonstration effect theory," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 103(1), pages 52-54, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:103:y:2009:i:1:p:52-54
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    1. Anna Nicińska, 2013. "Are bequests preceded by a will? Evidence from Europe, US, and Australia," Ekonomia journal, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw, vol. 34.
    2. Thibault, Emmanuel, 2016. "Demonstration effect and dynamic efficiency," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 147(C), pages 42-45.

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