Public Transfers and the Balance of Intergenerational Family Support in Europe

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Public Transfers and the Balance of Intergenerational Family Support in Europe

July 14, 2016

Abstract

This study uses data on 13 European countries to estimate the net value of transfers between parents and adult children and to determine the relationship of the net value of family transfers with public intergenerational transfers. The results suggest that the needs of parents and children and their ability to provide support are important determinants of the flow of net transfers between parents and children. Public intergenerational transfers to older parents and their adult children are associated with a secondary redistribution of support from people belonging to the generation that benefits more from public transfers to those belonging to the other generation.

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