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Money or space? Intergenerational transfers in a comparative perspective


Isengard, Bettina; König, Ronny; Szydlik, Marc (2019). Money or space? Intergenerational transfers in a comparative perspective. In: Lennartz, Christian; Ronald, Richard. Housing careers, intergenerational support and family relations. London: Routledge, 32-54.

Abstract

The provision of living space as well as financial transfers are important elements of functional solidarity between parents and adult children in contemporary European societies. However, prior research has revealed substantial discrepancies not only within but also between countries. Against this background, this paper investigates the relevance of money and space transfers and the connections between the two forms of support simultaneously using the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe. The empirical results indicate that the needs of adult children as well as the opportunities of their parents are important determinants of support. Furthermore, parents in southern European countries with low levels of public family expenditures predominantly support their adult children by providing living space, whereas parents in northern European countries with more generous welfare states give direct financial support. Differences in country-specific transfer patterns can theoretically and empirically be traced back to welfare state support in general and national housing regimes and markets in particular.

Abstract

The provision of living space as well as financial transfers are important elements of functional solidarity between parents and adult children in contemporary European societies. However, prior research has revealed substantial discrepancies not only within but also between countries. Against this background, this paper investigates the relevance of money and space transfers and the connections between the two forms of support simultaneously using the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe. The empirical results indicate that the needs of adult children as well as the opportunities of their parents are important determinants of support. Furthermore, parents in southern European countries with low levels of public family expenditures predominantly support their adult children by providing living space, whereas parents in northern European countries with more generous welfare states give direct financial support. Differences in country-specific transfer patterns can theoretically and empirically be traced back to welfare state support in general and national housing regimes and markets in particular.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Sociology
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Language:English
Date:2019
Deposited On:13 Jan 2020 08:35
Last Modified:13 Jan 2020 08:38
Publisher:Routledge
ISBN:978-0-367-26282-2
OA Status:Closed
Related URLs:https://www.recherche-portal.ch/permalink/f/5u2s2l/ebi01_prod011520185 (Library Catalogue)
https://www.recherche-portal.ch/permalink/f/5u2s2l/eth_sfx4100000008220693 (Library Catalogue)

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