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  Differences between sons and daughters in the intergenerational transmission of wealth

Mulder, M. B., Towner, M. C., Baldini, R., Beheim, B. A., Bowles, S., Colleran, H., et al. (2019). Differences between sons and daughters in the intergenerational transmission of wealth. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences, 374(1780): 20180076. doi:10.1098/rstb.2018.0076.

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Mulder, Monique Borgerhoff, Author
Towner, Mary C., Author
Baldini, Ryan, Author
Beheim, Bret A., Author
Bowles, Samuel, Author
Colleran, Heidi1, Author              
Gurven, Michael, Author
Kramer, Karen L., Author
Mattison, Siobhán M., Author
Nolin, David A., Author
Scelza, Brooke A., Author
Schniter, Eric, Author
Sear, Rebecca, Author
Shenk, Mary K., Author
Voland, Eckart, Author
Ziker, John, Author
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1Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_2074311              

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Free keywords: wealth transmission, parental investment, son bias, behaviour
 Abstract: Persistent interest lies in gender inequality, especially with regard to the favouring of sons over daughters. Economists are concerned with how privilege is transmitted across generations, and anthropologists have long studied sex-biased inheritance norms. There has, however, been no focused cross-cultural investigation of how parent–offspring correlations in wealth vary by offspring sex. We estimate these correlations for 38 wealth measures, including somatic and relational wealth, from 15 populations ranging from hunter–gatherers to small-scale farmers. Although small sample sizes limit our statistical power, we find no evidence of ubiquitous male bias, at least as inferred from comparing parent–son and parent–daughter correlations. Rather we find wide variation in signatures of sex bias, with evidence of both son and daughter-biased transmission. Further, we introduce a model that helps pinpoint the conditions under which simple mid-point parent–offspring wealth correlations can reveal information about sex-biased parental investment. Our findings are relevant to the study of female-biased kinship by revealing just how little normative descriptors of kinship systems, such as patrilineal inheritance, capture intergenerational correlations in wealth, and how variable parent–son and parent–daughter correlations can be. This article is part of the theme issue ‘The evolution of female-biased kinship in humans and other mammals'.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2019-07-152019-09-02
 Publication Status: Published in print
 Pages: 15
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 Rev. Method: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2018.0076
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Title: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences
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Publ. Info: London : Royal Society
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 374 (1780) Sequence Number: 20180076 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 0962-8436
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/963017382021_1