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Child-Adoption Matching: Preferences for Gender and Race

Mariagiovanna Baccara (), Allan Collard-Wexler (), Leonardo Felli () and Leeat Yariv

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2014, vol. 6, issue 3, 133-58

Abstract: This paper uses a new dataset on child-adoption matching to estimate the preferences of potential adoptive parents over US-born and unborn children relinquished for adoption. We identify significant preferences favoring girls 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 consider the effects of excluding single women and same-sex couples from the process, and find that this would substantially reduce the overall number of adopted children.

JEL-codes: C78 J13 J15 J16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
Note: DOI: 10.1257/app.6.3.133
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