The Review of Black Political Economy

, Volume 42, Issue 1–2, pp 57–86

Is Parental Love Colorblind? Human Capital Accumulation within Mixed Families


DOI: 10.1007/s12114-014-9190-1

Cite this article as:
Rangel, M.A. Rev Black Polit Econ (2015) 42: 57. doi:10.1007/s12114-014-9190-1


Studies have shown that differences in wage-determinant skills between blacks and whites emerge during a child’s infancy, highlighting the roles of parental characteristics and investment decisions. Exploring the genetics of skin-color and models of intrahousehold allocations, I present evidence that, controlling for observed and unobserved parental characteristics, light-skinned children are more likely to receive investments in formal education than their dark-skinned siblings. Conscious parental decisions regarding human capital acquisition for their children seem to contribute for the persistence of earnings differentials and socio-economic stratification in Brazil.


Intrahousehold allocations Skin-color and racial differentials Parental investments in children 

JEL Classification

D13 D31 J13 J15 J71 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Sao PauloSao Paulo-SPBrazil
  2. 2.Sanford School of Public PolicyDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

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