Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/101333
Authors: 
Porter, Maria
Adams, Abi
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IFS Working Papers W14/13
Abstract: 
This paper examines the motivation for intergenerational transfers between adult children and their parents, and the nature of preferences for such giving behaviour, in an experimental setting. Participants in our experiment play a series of dictator games with parents and strangers, in which we vary endowments and prices for giving to each recipient. We find that preferences for giving are typically rational. When parents are recipients as opposed to strangers, participants display greater sensitivity to the price of giving, and a higher relative proclivity for giving. Our findings also provide evidence of reciprocal motivations for giving, as players give more to parents who have full information regarding the context in which giving occurs.
Subjects: 
transfer motives
intergenerational
dictator games
lab experiments
altruism
reciprocity
JEL: 
C91
D12
D64
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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