Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/36141
Authors: 
Brandt, Loren
Siow, Aloysius
Wang, Hui
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 4431
Abstract: 
The paper estimates how parents adjust bride-prices and land divisions to compensate their sons for differences in their schooling investments in rural China. The main estimate implies that when a son receives one yuan less in schooling investment than his brother, he will obtain 0.7 yuan more in observable marital and post-marital transfers as partial compensation. Controlling for unobserved household heterogeneity, planned consumption differences across sons, and a fuller accounting of lifetime transfers are quantitatively important. The empirical findings strongly support the unitary model as a model of resource allocation for sons in traditional agricultural families.
Subjects: 
Household model
parental investment
marriage market
transfers
JEL: 
D13
J12
J13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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