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The Intergenerational Transmission of Welfare Dependency

  • Series
  • Speaker(s)
    Monique de Haan (University of Oslo, Norway)
  • Field
    Empirical Microeconomics
  • Location
    Erasmus University, Polak Building, Room 1-10
  • Date and time

    February 17, 2020
    12:00 - 13:00

Exploiting rich administrative data from Norway, we estimate nonparametric bounds around the average causal effect of parental welfare participation on children's welfare participation for children that grew up in welfare-dependent families. We find upper bounds well below the intergenerational association and substantially below available LATE estimates in the literature. Our results show that a substantial portion of the observed intergenerational correlation in welfare dependency is due to correlated characteristics and that there is important heterogeneity in the intergenerational spillovers both between different welfare programs, and between children of marginal and average welfare participants.

Joint work with: Ragnhild Schreiner (University of Oslo)