57 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2010
Date Written: October 2010
This paper uses a new data set on child-adoption matching to estimate the preferences of potential adoptive parents over U.S.-born and unborn children relinquished for adoption. We identify significant preferences favoring girls and unborn children close to birth, and against African-American children put up for adoption. These attitudes vary in magnitudes across different adoptive parents - heterosexual, same-sex couples, and single women. We also consider the effects of excluding single women and same-sex couples from the adoption process. In our data, such policies would substantially reduce the overall number of adopted children and have a disproportionate effect on African-American ones.
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Baccara, Mariagiovanna and Collard-Wexler, Allan and Felli, Leonardo and Yariv, Leeat, Child-Adoption Matching: Preferences for Gender and Race (October 2010). NBER Working Paper No. w16444. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1689375