Is Parental Love Colorblind? Human Capital Accumulation within Mixed Families
Studies have shown that differences in wage-determinant skills between blacks and whites emerge during a child’s infancy, highlighting the roles of parental characteristics and investment decisions. Exploring the genetics of skin-color and models of intrahousehold allocations, I present evidence that, controlling for observed and unobserved parental characteristics, light-skinned children are more likely to receive investments in formal education than their dark-skinned siblings. Conscious parental decisions regarding human capital acquisition for their children seem to contribute for the persistence of earnings differentials and socio-economic stratification in Brazil. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015
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Volume (Year): 42 (2015)
Issue (Month): 1 (June)
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