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Intra-family transfers in Japan: intergenerational co-residence, distance, and contact

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Classified broadly, two motives for intra-family transfers exist: altruism and selfishness. This paper examines two selfish hypotheses–the exchange motive (strategic bequest motive) and the demonstration effect–using a new Japanese microdata set. Analysis of the determinants of intergenerational co-residence, distance between residences, and frequency of contact yields considerable support for the exchange motive but no support for the demonstration effect. The findings are consistent with the exchange motive after distinguishing it from mutual altruism.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Economics, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK

Publication date: 2006-09-10

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