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NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

The Joy of Giving or Assisted Living? Using Strategic Surveys to Separate Bequest and Precautionary Motives

John Ameriks, Andrew Caplin, Steven Laufer, Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh

NBER Working Paper No. 13105
Issued in May 2007

---- Acknowledgements -----

We thank George Akerlof, Mariacristina De Nardi, Amy Finkelstein, Eric French, Mark Gertler, Greg Kaplan, Miles Kimball, Jim Poterba, and Bob Willis for helpful guidance. We especially thank Erik Hurst and Jonathan Skinner for insightful discussions at the 2006 and 2007 AEA meetings in Boston and Chicago. We also thank the participants in seminars at New York University, Princeton University, Harvard University, University of California at Berkeley, MIT, and the University of Michigan for comments. The views expressed herein are those of the authors rather than of their institutions or the NBER.

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