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So Far, So Good: Location Choice of Altruistic Parents

来源:湖南大学经济与管理研究中心  日期:2017-06-15 人气:

   June 16, 2017 (Friday) 10:00-11:20 am

   点:Administration Building, Room 407


主  题: So Far, So Good: Location Choice of Altruistic Parents



主讲人: 罗子俊 萨姆休斯顿州立大学助理教授

         

       

  

We study a model in which two children strategically allocate their time serving elderly parents in exchange for inter-vivo transfers, and altruistic parents choose their proximity to children. Our model is closely related to Konrad et al. (2002, AER) but with three key differences. First, we consider altruistic parents that care about children’s overall incomes. Second, children compete for parental inter-vivo transfer in a Tullock-contest and both children provide positive services in equilibrium. Third, we focus on the location choice made by the parents and sizes of services decided by children. Distance is seen to play a central role in determining the children’s caregiving time to parents. A longer distance not only increases the transportation cost between this child and the parents, but also lowers the quality of service provided by the child. In our model, transportation costs do not directly affect children’s caregiving decisions because they are assumed to be paid by parents. However, a higher overall transportation cost will reduce the size of available transfers, which lowers the incentives of children to provide service in equilibrium. We find that parents choose to locate closer to the child who commands a higher market wage. Such decision saves total transportation costs and enlarges the size of available inter-vivo transfers. We consider both sequential and simultaneous moves by children. We find that parents choose to move closer to the child with lower wage in the sequential move game. Such result may provide important insights on the interplay of birth-spacing, caregiving, and parental residential location choice. Keywords: Altruism; Parent Location; Sibling Rivalry; Inter-vivo Transfer

 

 

报告人简介: 罗子俊,萨姆休斯顿州立大学助理教授,堪萨斯州立大学经济学博士,研究兴趣涵盖国际贸易,国防经济学,产业组织,中国经济多个领域,论文发表于各个领域国际一流期刊:Economic Inquiry, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Industrial Economics, Defense and Peace Economics, Pacific Economic Review, China Economic Review 等。

 

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