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Time-for-Money Exchanges Between Older and Younger Generations in Swedish Families
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aging Research Center (ARC), (together with KI).
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS). Institute for Futures Studies, Stockholm, Sweden.
2010 (English)In: Journal of family issues, ISSN 0192-513X, E-ISSN 1552-5481, Vol. 31, no 2, 189-210 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite the maturation of welfare states, family solidarity continues to be strong and a growing body of research has shown that substantial financial transfers are passed from older to younger generations within the family. At the same time, family solidarity in terms of instrumental and social support is found to be mutual. This study examines eventual reciprocity in time-for-money exchanges, by combining two large-scale Swedish representative longitudinal studies. It analyzes how earlier social contacts (time) are related to financial transfers (money) and to what extent social class and gender differentials are visible. The findings indicate that parents provide economic transfers if they have more frequent social contact with any of their children, and that these time investments pay off for children who were of higher social class origins. In contrast, no support for gender-specific patterns is found. In conclusion, family solidarity seems to have different bases in different social strata.

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2010. Vol. 31, no 2, 189-210 p.
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social contacts, financial transfers, reciprocity, gender, social class
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Social Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-74157DOI: 10.1177/0192513X09344158ISI: 000273297800003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-73549115120OAI: diva2:506898
Available from: 2012-03-01 Created: 2012-03-01 Last updated: 2015-08-20Bibliographically approved

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