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Sibling and Intergenerational Correlations in Welfare Program Participation

Gary Solon, Mary Corcoran, Roger H. Gordon, Deborah Laren

NBER Working Paper No. 2334
Issued in August 1987
NBER Program(s):   LS

Many previous studies have used sibling correlations to measure the effect of family background on earnings, income? and occupational status. This paper uses data on a sample of sisters to explore the importance of family background as a determinant of welfare program participation. The results show a strikingly high degree of sibling resemblance in welfare receipt. For example, a woman's estimated probability of having participated in welfare programs is .20 if her sister has not participated, but is -.66 if her sister has participated.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w2334

Published: Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 23, No. 3, Summer 1988, pp. 388-396. citation courtesy of

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