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Poverty DynamicsInterdisciplinary Perspectives$
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Tony Addison, David Hulme, and Ravi Kanbur

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199557547

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557547.001.0001

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Investments, Bequests, and Public Policy

Investments, Bequests, and Public Policy

Intergenerational Transfers and the Escape from Poverty

(p.267) 12 Investments, Bequests, and Public Policy
Poverty Dynamics

Agnes R. Quisumbing

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the factors that impede the transfer of human and physical capital (assets), forms of wealth for which there is more empirical evidence. Section 12.2 uses a conceptual framework of wealth transfers to highlight barriers the poor may face in transferring wealth to the next generation. Section 12.3 illustrates various aspects of the conceptual framework using empirical evidence from developing countries, focusing on: (1) the role of credit constraints in preventing optimal investments in human capital and asset transfers; (2) the role of gender differences in schooling and assets in perpetuating unequal lifetime incomes; and (3) the role of the marriage market and assortative matching in perpetuating asset inequality across families and across generations. Section 12.4 examines the scope for public policy in relieving constraints to the poor in accumulation and transferring wealth to the next generation.

Keywords:   poverty assessment, assets, wealth transfer, intergenerational poverty, public policy

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