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Compensatory inter vivos gifts
Department of Economics, VU University, Amsterdam.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8826-0410
2009 (English)In: Journal of applied econometrics (Chichester, England), ISSN 0883-7252, E-ISSN 1099-1255, Vol. 24, no 6, 993-1023 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Parents' transfer motives are important for understanding, e.g., macroeconomics, income (re)distribution, savings, and public finance. Using data from six biennial waves of the Health and Retirement Study 1992-2002, we estimate censored regression models with nested multilevel error components. First, we interpret our findings that inter vivos transfers from parents to children are gifts, rather than temporary help to overcome liquidity constraints. Second, inter vivos gifts are compensatory in the sense that lifetime poorer children will receive higher transfers than their lifetime richer siblings. Third, inter vivos gifts do not, however, make up the entire difference in lifetime incomes.

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2009. Vol. 24, no 6, 993-1023 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-108729DOI: 10.1002/jae.1071ISI: 000270831100007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-108729DiVA: diva2:240556
Available from: 2009-09-28 Created: 2009-09-28 Last updated: 2013-07-22Bibliographically approved

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