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Inequality in National Inter-Generational Transfers: Evidence from Colombia

Jorge Tovar () and B. Urdinola ()

International Advances in Economic Research, 2014, vol. 20, issue 2, 167-187

Abstract: Public transfers are designed with the idea of reducing poverty and inequality among specific population groups. The National Transfers Account methodology suggests the use of household head education (HHE) as a poverty proxy in the construction of profiles by socio-economic status. Considering the higher levels of inequality in developing countries, we construct and check inequality and intergenerational transfers using an alternative measure based on variables not endogenous to the underlying idea of intergenerational transfers: a Multidimensional Quality of Life Index (MQLI). We apply the methodology to a developing country, Colombia, and show that inequality and disparities in intergenerational transfers are best understood when using the MQLI. Copyright International Atlantic Economic Society 2014

Keywords: Demographic economics; Intergenerational mobility; Poverty and inequality; J1; J62; D63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.1007/s11294-013-9455-7

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