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Black-White Wealth Inequality: Is Inheritance the Reason?

Paul Menchik and Nancy Jianakoplos ()

Economic Inquiry, 1997, vol. 35, issue 2, 428-42

Abstract: Racial differences in the receipt of financial inheritances help to explain why the average difference in wealth between black and white households is larger than the average difference in income. Using data from a panel of prime-aged males and from a representative survey of the U.S. population, the authors document the greater likelihood of white households receiving an inheritance than black households. Controlling for other factors which contribute to racial differences in wealth, the authors estimate that financial inheritances may account for between 10 percent and 20 percent of the average difference in black-white household wealth. Copyright 1997 by Oxford University Press.

Date: 1997
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