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Intra-household Competition for Care: The Role of Bequest-regulating Social Norms

  • Elisabetta Magnani


    (School of Economics and ARC Centre for Population Ageing Research, Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales)

  • Garima Verma


    (The Allen Consulting Group, Sydney, and School of Economics, The Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales)

  • Anu Rammohan


    (Department of Economics, The Business School, University of Western Australia)

We model the allocation of time resources by adult children between competing caring activities - those towards coresiding elderly and those towards coresiding children. We test the implications of our model for children's school performance by focusing on Indonesia, a country characterized by heterogeneity in social norms, population ageing and reliance on the family for elderly support. Specifically, we exploit the unique richness of the Indonesian Family Life Survey (IFLS) (Wave 2 to Wave 4) to find robust evidence of a negative impact on children's school achievement of social norms regulating elderly bequests to coresiding adult carers.

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Paper provided by ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales in its series Working Papers with number 201206.

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Length: 52 pages
Date of creation: May 2012
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Handle: RePEc:asb:wpaper:201206
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