The Role of Parental Altruism in Parents Consumption, College Financial Support, and Outcomes in Higher Education


This paper studies how parent-child interactions and altruism impact college financial support and outcomes. It analyzes how parents adjust their consumption levels based on their children’s income and how children’s consumption shocks affect parent consumption. Using a dynastic overlapped generations model, the study explores how future transfers from parents to children influence college graduation rates. The findings show that parent transfers reduce the cost of attending college, but also lower children’s college returns. Altruism increases graduation rates for low-ability children with wealthy parents and explains most of the graduation gap between low-ability children with wealthy and poor parents.

Agustin Diaz Casanueva
Agustin Diaz Casanueva
Economist at Central Bank of Chile

I currently work as an Economist in the Economic Modeling Department at the Central Bank of Chile. My research focuses on Macroeconomics, Labor Economics, and Family Economics.