offered for legacy admissions policies at universities is that that
they bind entire families to the university. Proponents maintain that
these policies have a number of benefits, including increased donations
from members of these families. We use a rich set of data from an
anonymous selective research institution to investigate which types of
family members have the most important effect upon donative behavior.
We find that the effects of attendance by members of the younger
generation (children, children-in-law, nieces and nephews) are greater
than the effects of attendance by older generations (parents,
parents-in-law, aunts and uncles).
Previous research has
indicated that, in a variety of contexts, men and women differ in their
altruistic behavior. However, we find that there are no statistically
discernible differences between men and women in the way their
donations depends on the alumni status of various types of relatives.
Neither does the gender of the various types of relatives who attended
the uni-versity seem to matter. Thus, for example, the impact of having
a son attend the university is no different from the effect of a