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Downward Transfers from Parents to Adult Children in Contemporary China

Lin, Qinyun LU (2014) WPMM40 20141
Department of Political Science
Abstract
In contemporary China, it is quite common for parents to offer financial as well as time transfers to their adult children. This research aims to dig out what factors can explain these tangible downward transfers. Three perspectives are generated based on previous research to provide potential explanations. The first two perspectives regard downward transfers as reflection of classical feedback model and responses to adult children’s needs due to the underdeveloped welfare system in contemporary China. The third perspective provides two competing mechanisms, namely rational self-interested and altruistic giving, to explain what is underlying the downward transfers described in the previous two perspectives. A raw database from CGSS2006 is... (More)
In contemporary China, it is quite common for parents to offer financial as well as time transfers to their adult children. This research aims to dig out what factors can explain these tangible downward transfers. Three perspectives are generated based on previous research to provide potential explanations. The first two perspectives regard downward transfers as reflection of classical feedback model and responses to adult children’s needs due to the underdeveloped welfare system in contemporary China. The third perspective provides two competing mechanisms, namely rational self-interested and altruistic giving, to explain what is underlying the downward transfers described in the previous two perspectives. A raw database from CGSS2006 is applied and two analytical samples are selected to analyse these perspectives. Logistic regression is carried out to test three sets of models with three outcomes respectively: downward time transfers, downward financial transfers and parents’ happiness. Main predictors generated from theories include upward financial transfers, parents’ health and income levels, whether adult child is in a dual-worker family and whether there is a young third generation. Empirical findings have shown that downward transfers reflect a non-patrilineality feedback model and more importantly, it is mainly the altruistic parenting cultivated by family-oriented culture that is underlying these downward transfers. (Less)
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Lin, Qinyun LU
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WPMM40 20141
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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downward transfers, intergenerational relationship, family-oriented culture, CGSS2006, logistic regression
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English
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4448052
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  abstract     = {In contemporary China, it is quite common for parents to offer financial as well as time transfers to their adult children. This research aims to dig out what factors can explain these tangible downward transfers. Three perspectives are generated based on previous research to provide potential explanations. The first two perspectives regard downward transfers as reflection of classical feedback model and responses to adult children’s needs due to the underdeveloped welfare system in contemporary China. The third perspective provides two competing mechanisms, namely rational self-interested and altruistic giving, to explain what is underlying the downward transfers described in the previous two perspectives. A raw database from CGSS2006 is applied and two analytical samples are selected to analyse these perspectives. Logistic regression is carried out to test three sets of models with three outcomes respectively: downward time transfers, downward financial transfers and parents’ happiness. Main predictors generated from theories include upward financial transfers, parents’ health and income levels, whether adult child is in a dual-worker family and whether there is a young third generation. Empirical findings have shown that downward transfers reflect a non-patrilineality feedback model and more importantly, it is mainly the altruistic parenting cultivated by family-oriented culture that is underlying these downward transfers.},
  author       = {Lin, Qinyun},
  keyword      = {downward transfers,intergenerational relationship,family-oriented culture,CGSS2006,logistic regression},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Downward Transfers from Parents to Adult Children in Contemporary China},
  year         = {2014},
}