Stability and Change in Patterns of Intergenerational Transfers in Taiwan
In this study, we use a unique data set that follows a cohort of more than two thousand Taiwanese older adults over a 10-year period to assess stability in intergenerational transfers. Specifically, we raise two questions in this paper: first, do patterns of transfers in the same family change over time? Second, how are ageing parents’ demographic, social, and economic characteristics associated with changes in the patterns of transfers?
Historically, Taiwan has been a patriarchal society that places a great emphasis on obedience to, and respect for, older family members. Traditionally, adult sons have been expected to bear the major responsibility for regular care and support of their parents. Ageing parents’ coresidence with a married son has been a dominant and preferred living arrangement.
KeywordsAdult Child Household Chore Marital Disruption Intergenerational Transfer Married Parent
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