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Inheritance and Saving

David Joulfaian

NBER Working Paper No. 12569
Issued in October 2006
NBER Program(s):Public Economics, Economic Fluctuations and Growth

This paper explores the effects of inheritances on the saving of recipients. Information on inheritances and heirs is obtained from estate tax records of decedents which are linked to the income tax records of beneficiaries. The observed pattern of wealth mobility within two years of the receipt of inheritances and multivariate analyses show that wealth increases by less than the full amount of the inheritance received. Similarly, and consistent with previous findings, large inheritances are found to depress labor force participation.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w12569

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