How Hungry is the Selfish Gene?

  title={How Hungry is the Selfish Gene?},
  author={Anne Case and I‐Fen Lin and Sara McLanahan},
  journal={Labor eJournal},
We examine resource allocation in step-households in the United States and South Africa to test whether child investments vary according to economic and genetic bonds between parent and child. In the United States, households spend less on food when a child is raised by a non-biological mother. The reduction is identical for step, adoptive, and foster households, consistent with the hypothesis that genetic ties are the ones that binds. In South Africa, where food spending can be disaggregated… 
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