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The Effect of Inheritance Receipt on Labor and Capital Income: Evidence from Swedish Panel Data
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8826-0410
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Abstract [en]

In this paper we study the effects of inheritances on labor and capital income of heirs. We use unique register based Swedish panel data to estimate both short run and medium run responses. The few existing studies have mainly focused on short run responses, using data from the U.S. Models of life cycle consumption stress that anticipated and unanticipated income changes have different impacts on the optimal consumption path. In Sweden, as in other countries with extensive public insurances and succession rules that prohibit decedents from bequeathing the entire estate to others than their children, inheritances are likely to be anticipated to a higher degree than in the U.S. Our estimates suggest that there is a negative effect of inheriting on labor income in the year of the receipt and the year after, and that the negative effect is even larger two to three years after receiving the inheritance. Moreover, we find that capital income increases by an amount corresponding to wealth increasing at least by the amount inherited.

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Uppsala, 2010. , 28 p.
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Working Paper, Uppsala Center for Fiscal Studies, Department of Economics, Uppsala University, 2010:3
Keyword [en]
inheritances, bequests, windfall gains, labor supply, capital income, uncertainty
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Economics
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-123473OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-123473DiVA: diva2:314364
Available from: 2010-04-27 Created: 2010-04-27 Last updated: 2013-07-09

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