Intergenerational Living Arrangements and Labor Supply of Married Women
Social norms and traditions matter in the pattern of intergenerational living arrangements. The nuclear family is the rule in Western countries, whereas the multigenerational household has been commonplace in East Asian countries such as Korea, China, and Japan. In these countries, it has been customary for married children, especially the eldest sons and their wives, to live with their parents. This custom arises from deep-rooted Confucian ideology that emphasizes the importance of maintaining the integrity of the generational lineage (Takagi, Silverstein, Research on aging, 28:473–92, 2006). Although the percentage of multigenerational households has declined precipitously, traditional family values and practices are still prevalent in various aspects of social life.
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