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Pavel Jelnov
''Health Economics of Genetic Distance''
( 2020, Vol. 40 No.3 )
In this note, I address the trade-off between children's health and parental preference toward similarity with children. In my model, better-off individuals mate genetically close partners and then use wealth to treat their children's health problems, caused by inbreeding depression. As a result, the relationship between parental wealth and children's health includes decreasing portions. Siblings health inequality is also non-monotonically related to parental wealth, if parents discriminate in favor of more similar children.
Keywords: inbreeding, genetic distance, health inequality
JEL: J1 - Demographic Economics: General
N3 - Economic History: Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Income and Wealth: General, International, or Comparative
Manuscript Received : Jul 13 2020 Manuscript Accepted : Aug 08 2020

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