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William Copeland

Department of Psychiatry and
Behavioral Science
Duke University Medical Center
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Durham, NC 27701

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June 2018Family Income and the Intergenerational Transmission of Voting Behavior: Evidence from an Income Intervention
with Randall Akee, E. Jane Costello, John B. Holbein, Emilia Simeonova: w24770
Despite clear evidence of an income gradient in political participation, research has not been able to isolate the effects of income on voting from other household characteristics. We investigate how exogenous unconditional cash transfers affected voting in US elections across two generations from the same household. The results confirm that there is strong inter-generational correlation in voting across parents and their children. We also show—consistent with theory—that household receipt of unconditional cash transfers has heterogeneous effects on the civic participation of children coming from different socio-economic backgrounds. It increases children’s voting propensity in adulthood among those raised in initially poorer families. However, income transfers have no effect on parents, r...
September 2015How Does Household Income Affect Child Personality Traits and Behaviors?
with Randall Akee, Emilia Simeonova, E. Jane Costello: w21562
Existing research has investigated the effect of early childhood educational interventions on the child’s later-life outcomes. These studies have found limited impact of supplementary programs on children’s cognitive skills, but sustained effects on personality traits. We examine how a positive change in unearned household income affects children’s emotional and behavioral health and personality traits. Our results indicate that there are large beneficial effects of improved household financial wellbeing on children’s emotional and behavioral health and positive personality trait development. Moreover, we find that these effects are most pronounced for children who are lagging behind their peers in these measures before the intervention. Increasing household incomes reduce differences acro...

Published: Randall Akee & William Copeland & E. Jane Costello & Emilia Simeonova, 2018. "How Does Household Income Affect Child Personality Traits and Behaviors?," American Economic Review, vol 108(3), pages 775-827. citation courtesy of

 
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