Are parents altruistic? Evidence from Mexico

Schluter, Christian and Wahba, Jackline (2010) Are parents altruistic? Evidence from Mexico. Journal of Population Economics, 23, (3), 1153-1174. (doi:10.1007/s00148-008-0207-6).


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Are parents altruistic or selfish? We contribute to the continuing debate of this question by proposing a simple test which is implemented using experimental data from the Mexican anti-poverty programme PROGRESA. Benefit eligibility is randomised. Our estimation strategy explicitly addresses potentially confounding factors and selection bias problems. We reject selfishness of parents in non-urbanMexico as PROGRESA beneficiaries spend more on child-related goods and do not increase spending on adult-related goods compared to parents in the control group. At the same time, we reject some rival theories.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1007/s00148-008-0207-6
ISSNs: 0933-1433 (print)
1432-1475 (electronic)
Keywords: parental altruism, poor households, progresa
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Economics
ePrint ID: 153083
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Date Deposited: 18 May 2010 11:11
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:24

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