Is Parental Love Colorblind? Human Capital Accumulation within Mixed Families

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Journal Article

© 2014, Springer Science+Business Media New York. 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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rangel, MA

Published Date

  • June 1, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 42 / 1-2

Start / End Page

  • 57 - 86

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0034-6446

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s12114-014-9190-1

Citation Source

  • Scopus