Escaping the Samaritan's Dilemma: Implications of a Dynamic Model of Altruistic Intergenerational Transfers

39 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2006

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Maria G. Perozek

Federal Reserve Board - Research & Statistics

Date Written: December 15, 2005

Abstract

This paper explores how altruistic parents structure transfer rules in response to potential incentive problems and how the investment behavior of children is influenced by these transfer policies. To investigate these issues, I develop a dynamic model of altruistic transfers in which transfers can be tied to the purchase of human capital investment. Numerical solutions are examined to provide insight into the predictions of the model for transfer behavior and investment by family size. The dynamic framework developed in the paper is used to guide the interpretation of data on transfers and education investment by children in the Health and Retirement Survey. The data are consistent with the prediction of the model that children in larger families invest more in education conditional on initial transfers.

Keywords: Intergenerational transfers, altruism, education

JEL Classification: J10, J11

Suggested Citation

Perozek, Maria G., Escaping the Samaritan's Dilemma: Implications of a Dynamic Model of Altruistic Intergenerational Transfers (December 15, 2005). FEDS Paper No. 2005-67. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=874759 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.874759

Maria G. Perozek (Contact Author)

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United States
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