NBER Working Papers and Publications
|November 2005||To Leave or Not To Leave: The Distribution of Bequest Motives|
with Wojciech Kopczuk: w11767
In this paper, we examine the effect of observed and unobserved heterogeneity in the desire to die with positive net worth. Using a structural life-cycle model nested in a switching regression with unknown sample separation, we find that roughly three-fourths of the elderly single population has a bequest motive that may or may not have an appreciable effect on spending depending on the level of resources. Both the presence and the magnitude of the bequest motive are statistically and economically significant. On average, households with a bequest motive spend about 25 percent less on consumption expenditures. We conclude that, among the elderly single households in our sample, about four-fifths of their net wealth will be bequeathed and approximately half of this is due to a bequest motiv...
Published: Published in The Review of Economic Studies, 2007, 74(1), 207-235. citation courtesy of
|September 2001||Accounting for the Black-White Wealth Gap: A Nonparametric Approach|
with Robert Barsky, John Bound, Kerwin Charles: w8466
This paper notes a potential problem in the method of Blinder and Oaxaca the most popular method in the literature for decomposing the mean difference between groups of a given variable into the portion attributable to differences in the distribution of some explanatory variables and differences in the conditional expectation functions. In its conventional application, the Blinder-Oaxaca method requires that a parametric assumption be made about the form of the conditional expectations function. We show that misspecification is likely to result in non-trivial errors in inference regarding the portion attributable to differences in the distribution of explanatory variables. A nonparametric alternative to the Blinder-Oaxaca method is proposed. Rather than specify an arbitrary functional fo...
Published: Barsky, Robert, John Bound, Kerwin Kofi Charles and Joseph P. Lupton. "Accounting For The Black-White Wealth Gap: A Nonparametric Approach," Journal of the American Statistical Association, 2002, v97(459,Sep), 663-673. citation courtesy of