The Strength and Nature of Bequest Motives in the United States
In this paper, we analyze the strength and nature of bequest motives in the United States using data from the 2000 Health and Retirement Study (HRS). The results of our analysis suggest that bequest motives are very strong in the United States and that they are altruistically motivated. This suggests that the altruism (or dynasty) model applies in the United States and that the selfish life cycle model does not apply. Moreover, our results also suggest that older, wealthier, married, more highly educated, Caucasian, healthy, and non-religious individuals are more likely to leave a bequest than other individuals.
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