Exchange, role modeling and the intergenerational transmission of elder support attitudes: Evidence from three generations of Mexican-Americans

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David C. Ribar, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Social exchange theory and role modeling are alternative theories of how the willingness to provide intergenerational assistance is transmitted from one generation to the next. Distinguishing between these theories is difficult because they apparently lead to identical predictions. In this paper we propose a test that can distinguish between the two theories. We find a data set containing the variables necessary to implement the test and use it to estimate models of young adults‘ elder support attitudes. The results provide at best weak evidence of exchange, but are consistent with a role model explanation of the transmission of intergenerational assistance attitudes, particularly for young men.

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Journal of Socio-Economics 35:3 (June 2006), 514-31.
Language: English
Date: 2006
Reciprocity, Social exchange, Generalized exchange, Social learning, Filial responsibility

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