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Child-Adoption Matching: Preferences for Gender and Race

57 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2010  

Mariagiovanna Baccara

Washington University in St. Louis

Allan Collard-Wexler

Duke University

Leonardo Felli

London School of Economics - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Leeat Yariv

Princeton University; California Institute of Technology - Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Date Written: October 2010

Abstract

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.

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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

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