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Sibling and Intergenerational Correlations in Welfare Program Participation

  • Gary Solon
  • Mary Corcoran
  • Roger H. Gordon
  • Deborah Laren

Many previous studies have used sibling correlations to measure the effect of family background on earnings, income? and occupational status. This paper uses data on a sample of sisters to explore the importance of family background as a determinant of welfare program participation. The results show a strikingly high degree of sibling resemblance in welfare receipt. For example, a woman's estimated probability of having participated in welfare programs is .20 if her sister has not participated, but is -.66 if her sister has participated.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 2334.

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Date of creation: Aug 1987
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Publication status: published as Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 23, No. 3, Summer 1988, pp. 388-396.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:2334
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  1. Gary Solon & Mary Corcoran & Roger H. Gordon & Deborah Laren, 1987. "The Effect of Family Background on Economic Status: A Longitudinal Analysis of Sibling Correlations," NBER Working Papers 2282, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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