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Lucifora, C. and Meurs, D.
Social risks, familiy values and demand for welfare
AIEL,, 2011,
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Family values and family ties have been shown to be associated to important economic decisions both in labour and credit markets. Less attention has been given to social risks and how these are pooled within the family. This paper investigates the links between social risks, family values and the demand for welfare using data from the 2005 French "Generation and Gender Survey" (GGS). We measure demand for welfare, as opposed to within family help, with respect to both financial support and provision of care services. We define the relevance of family relationship using individuals' self assessed measures of family values (such as, duties, responsibilities and reciprocal financial support), both within the couple and between parents and children, and construct various indicators for family ties. We find a positive association between both traditional values within the couple and intergenerational family links with the pooling of social risks and services provided within the household. We show that there is substantial heterogeneity across different groups with respect to the demand for welfare assistance. We investigate causality using long term cultural determinants of selected ethnic or religious groups as instruments for family values. Results show that demand for welfare is mainly affected by the intergenerational dimension of family values, while the effect of values within couple is no longer statistically significant.

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@inproceedings{Lucifora2011,
  author = {Lucifora, C. and Meurs, D.},
  title = {Social risks, familiy values and demand for welfare},
  year = {2011},
  booktitle = {AIEL,},
  month = {Sep},
  url = {http://www.aiel.it/bacheca/milano/papers/lucifora_meurs.pdf},
  timestamp = {16.04.2012},
  owner = {Barbuscia},
  address = {Milan, Italy},
  abstract = {Family values and family ties have been shown to be associated to important economic decisions both in labour and credit markets. Less attention has been given to social risks and how these are pooled within the family. This paper investigates the links between social risks, family values and the demand for welfare using data from the 2005 French "Generation and Gender Survey" (GGS). We measure demand for welfare, as opposed to within family help, with respect to both financial support and provision of care services. We define the relevance of family relationship using individuals' self assessed measures of family values (such as, duties, responsibilities and reciprocal financial support), both within the couple and between parents and children, and construct various indicators for family ties. We find a positive association between both traditional values within the couple and intergenerational family links with the pooling of social risks and services provided within the household. We show that there is substantial heterogeneity across different groups with respect to the demand for welfare assistance. We investigate causality using long term cultural determinants of selected ethnic or religious groups as instruments for family values. Results show that demand for welfare is mainly affected by the intergenerational dimension of family values, while the effect of values within couple is no longer statistically significant.}
}

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