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There’s no such thing as a free lunch: evidence of altruism and agency from household expenditure responses to child nutrition programs

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  • Paul Bingley
  • Ian Walker

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Transfers for particular client groups such as children are often in-kind rather than cash. However, this may, at least partially, crowd out private expenditures on the goods in question because they reduce the incentive for other individuals, like parents, to make altruistic transfers. They are often made to one household member on behalf of another so there may also be agency concerns. This paper uses three nutrition programs for children in UK households to cast light on altruism and agency effects. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

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  • Paul Bingley & Ian Walker, 2013. "There’s no such thing as a free lunch: evidence of altruism and agency from household expenditure responses to child nutrition programs," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 11(3), pages 371-392, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:reveho:v:11:y:2013:i:3:p:371-392
    DOI: 10.1007/s11150-013-9196-7
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    1. Angus Holford, 2015. "The labour supply effect of Education Maintenance Allowance and its implications for parental altruism," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 13(3), pages 531-568, September.
    2. Holford, Angus, 2016. "Do parents tax their children? Teenage labour supply and financial support," ISER Working Paper Series 2016-05, Institute for Social and Economic Research.
    3. Andres Silva & Lindsey M. Higgins & Micaela M. Kulesz, 2016. "Nutritional Impact of Child-Directed TV Food Advertising Regulation: Are We Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Titanic?," Journal of the Association for Consumer Research, University of Chicago Press, vol. 1(3), pages 422-444.

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    Keywords

    In-kind transfers; Program participation; Altruism; Agency; I38; H53;

    JEL classification:

    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
    • H53 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Welfare Programs

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