Sibling and Intergenerational Correlations in Welfare Program Participation

14 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2004

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Gary Solon

University of Arizona; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Mary Corcoran

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Roger H. Gordon

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Department of Economics; Harvard University - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Deborah Laren

Independent

Date Written: August 1987

Abstract

Many previous studies have used sibling correlations to measure the effect of family background on earnings, income? and occupational status. This paper uses data on a sample of sisters to explore the importance of family background as a determinant of welfare program participation. The results show a strikingly high degree of sibling resemblance in welfare receipt. For example, a woman's estimated probability of having participated in welfare programs is .20 if her sister has not participated, but is -.66 if her sister has participated.

Suggested Citation

Solon, Gary and Corcoran, Mary E. and Gordon, Roger H. and Laren, Deborah, Sibling and Intergenerational Correlations in Welfare Program Participation (August 1987). NBER Working Paper No. w2334. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=349165

Gary Solon (Contact Author)

University of Arizona ( email )

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Mary E. Corcoran

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy ( email )

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Roger H. Gordon

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Department of Economics ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Deborah Laren

Independent

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