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Title:Do parents buy their children's attention? PDF Logo
Authors:Meng, Annika
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:Ruhr economic papers 153
Abstract:Past empirical studies on the strategic bequest motive have found evidence for the existence of a positive causation of wealth on receiving attention from on's children. This paper illustrates that these results from the past should be interpreted with some care as the relationship between wealth and children's attention is sensitive to the type of financial variable used in the analysis. Only family characteristics are significant determinants of contact behavior. Turning to more serious types of physical needs, care behavioral regressions illustrate that mobility constraints like house ownership for parents or job and location restrictions for children hamper informal care provision by one's children.
Subjects:Strategic bequest
imputation
elderly care
JEL:D12
D31
J14
ISBN:978-3-86788-172-2
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des RWI
Ruhr Economic Papers, RWI

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