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Thursday, May 21 • 6:00pm - 6:00pm
112 Understanding the Gendered Difference in Intergenerational Giving in China

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This study aims to understand: 1) Who is paying for students overseas? 2) What factors influence intergenerational giving in higher education? Three theoretical perspectives guide our thinking. The exchange perspective suggests that older generations support younger generations in the expectation of material return when aging. Altruism perceptive suggests that intergenerational giving usually flows from the better-off to the needier. Solidarity perspective suggests that emotional closeness is the foremost dimension in intergenerational support. In line with Confucius's ideology, Chinese society is more vigorous in differentiating men and women's traditional gender roles. Sons/grandsons are deemed to have a better income prospective, while daughters/granddaughters are expected gentler, nicer and closer to their parents and grandparents. These three theoretical perspectives provide conflicted guidance in understanding intergenerational giving in China. Under the exchange perspective, we may expect sons/grandsons to get more support, while altruism and solidarity perspectives suggest otherwise. Empirical evidence appears to be contradicted too. A further investigation of this topic is needed and our study meets this need.

Author(s): Brin Xu, Jinhee Kim


Brin Xu

Ph.D. Student, University of Maryland, College Park

Thursday May 21, 2020 6:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
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