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Decomposing Intergenerational Income Elasticity: The Gender-differentiated Contribution of Capital Transmission in Rural Philippines

Leah E.M. Bevis and Christopher Barrett ()

World Development, 2015, vol. 74, issue C, 233-252

Abstract: Using longitudinal data from rural Philippines, we decompose intergenerational income elasticity (IGE) into five distinct pathways: intergenerational transmissions of health, education, land, and spouse education capital, plus residual correlation in productivity. Intergenerational human capital transmissions from mothers are stronger than those from fathers; maternal education is the parental capital most strongly associated with IGE. While naïve IGE estimates are indistinguishable for sons and daughters, the pathways that generate these results differ strikingly. For sons, IGE is entirely explained by parent-to-child capital transmission. By contrast, strong income correlation exists between daughters and parents even after controlling for parent and child capital endowments.

Keywords: Intergenerational income elasticity; Intergenerational income transmission; Intergenerational health transmission; Intergenerational education transmission; Land inheritance; Human capital formation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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