Mora, J., and A. I. Moro-Egido
Empirical Economics – 43 (2012): 357-378.

Keywords: altruism, inter-vivos transfers, bequests, education

Abstract: We present a theoretical framework to examine whether altruism or exchange is the motive for money-transfers within families. In our theoretical models, transfers for education are incorporated as an additional family transfer that is determined before money-transfers are decided. These models lead to testable implications about the relationship between transfers for education and money-transfers. Various econometric models are derived and estimated with PSID data on inter-vivos transfers and bequests. The empirical evidence is compatible with both altruism or exchange, but provides information about how these motivations work. The comparison between the empirical distribution of money-transfers and the distributions induced by our econometric models shows that these models are suitable.