Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/81456
Authors: 
Edmark, Karin
Hanspers, Kajsa
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
IFN Working Paper 894
Abstract: 
This study tests whether individuals who grow up with parents on welfare benefits are themselves more (or less) likely to be welfare recipients as young adults, compared to individuals who grow up in non-welfare households. We use the sibling difference method to identify causal effects separately from the effects of correlated factors. While a descriptive analysis reveals a fairly high positive intergenerational correlation, especially in the late teens and conditional on a large set of household level factors, the sibling analysis provides no support for a causal effect of parents’ welfare benefit receipt on children’s future welfare use.
Subjects: 
Welfare benefits
Intergenerational mobility
Sibling approach
JEL: 
I30
J10
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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