Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/163154
Authors: 
Niimi, Yoko
Horioka, Charles
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
ADBI Working Paper Series 655
Abstract: 
To help shed light on the implications of intergenerational transfers for wealth inequality, this paper uses data for Japan and the United States to examine whether individuals who receive intergenerational transfers from their parents are more likely to leave bequests to their children than those who do not. The estimation results show that the receipt of intergenerational transfers from parents and/or parents-in-law increases the likelihood of individuals leaving bequests to their children in both Japan and the United States, which in turn is likely to contribute to the persistence or widening of wealth disparities. However, such a tendency is found to be stronger among less-better-off households in both countries, and this may help alleviate the disequalizing effect of intergenerational transfers on the distribution of wealth, at least to some extent.
Subjects: 
Economics
Japan
JEL: 
D10
D31
D64
E21
I24
Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/igo/
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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