Journal of Economics and Finance

, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 269–283

Bequest motives and household money demand



The bequest motive is an important motive determining intergenerational transfers of income, saving, and money. However, it has received little or no attention from past studies on money demand. This study utilizes panel data to show that the bequest motive is positively related to money demand and interacts with the life-cycle motive during various stages of an individual’s life. Householders with bequest motives are more likely to transfer a greater proportion of their permanent incomes to monetary assets than those without bequest motives.


Bequest Motives Life-Cycle Motive Money Demand Panel Data 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.U.S. Bureau of the CensusWoodbridgeUSA

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