Measuring Intergenerational Financial Support: Analysis of Two Cross-National Surveys

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Measuring Intergenerational Financial Support: Analysis of Two Cross-National Surveys

November 5, 2015

Abstract

This paper explores whether instruments that measure intergenerational financial transfers are sensitive to various methodological parameters (e.g., prompts, reference period, and respondent identity). We compare data from the Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), and the Generations and Gender Programme (GGP) using propensity score matching to identify which survey reports the most transfers and whether these differences are stable across subgroups. We also use SHARE and the GGP to examine whether variations in the reference period or asking the transfer giver or receiver affects the level of behavior reported.

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