Child-adoption Matching: Preferences for gender and race


Journal Article

This paper uses a new dataset on child-adoption matching to estimate the preferences of potential adoptive parents over US-born and unborn children relinquished for adoption. We identify significant preferences favoring girls and against African American children put up for adoption. These attitudes vary in magnitudes across different adoptive parents-heterosexual, same-sex couples, and single women. We consider the effects of excluding single women and same-sex couples from the process, and find that this would substantially reduce the overall number of adopted children. (JEL C78, J13, J15, J16).

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Baccara, M; Collard-Wexler, A; Felli, L; Yariv, L

Published Date

  • January 1, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 6 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 133 - 158

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1945-7790

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1945-7782

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1257/app.6.3.133

Citation Source

  • Scopus