International Review of Economics

, Volume 63, Issue 3, pp 281–303 | Cite as

Welfare-enhancing parental altruism and children’s habit formation

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Abstract

We propose a model of parental altruism in relation to children’s habit formation, as children are unaware of their developing habits while young and only become cognizant with age. We show that an altruistic mother (1) maintains the amount of income transferred to her child lower than the child would desire and (2) reduces further income transfer upon an exogenous increase in case of a particular negative habit of the child. The child, when grown, may end up being grateful for the small income transfer if the mother is sufficiently altruistic and has a relatively high income: When evaluated by the realized habitual preferences, a small income transfer leads to greater welfare. This implies that parents from richer families tend to appreciate the authoritative parenting practice.

Keywords

Habit formation Parental altruism Welfare-enhancing Time preference 

JEL Classification

D10 D60 D91 J13 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EconomicsKanazawa Seiryo UniversityKanazawa-shiJapan
  2. 2.The Institute of Social and Economic ResearchOsaka UniversityIbarakiJapan

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