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Family support networks and population ageing

Family support networks and population ageing

Start Date/Time:
03/06/2009 08:00 Download ICS File
End Date/Time:
04/06/2009 18:00
Doha - Qatar
Conference / Colloquium
While the literature on intergenerational transfers in societies in the very late stages of a demographic transition is voluminous and growing at the same pace as do the pressures they face from the aging tide, the same is not true in societies whose fertility declined to low levels only recently. And yet, because of the demographic nature of the process of aging throughout these societies-compressed in a fraction of the time it took in more advanced societies and under precarious economic conditions and fragile institutional contexts - the issue of support for the elderly is being felt on a larger scale and the problems that it generates are assigned more urgency.

This volume, a result of a seminar held in Qatar during June of 2009, is an attempt to identify the more salient issues related to elderly support facing societies where aging is occurring much more suddenly that in North America and Europe. Some of these problems are common to all societies experiencing aging and some peculiar to those that have joined the low fertility level group only recently. The volume attempts to cover a wide ranging set of issues, from those purely demographic involving hard constraints on kin availability to those involving transfer rules rooted in cultural norms. The effect of the changing institutional context - macroeconomic performance, state policies and the operation of private markets - creates a large canvass within which the resource availability for the elderly are negotiated and allocated. The elderly’ fortune or misfortune will be decided and settled within a complex ground where new ideologies, new fertility regimes,new morbidity and mortality patterns as well as a new balance between private markets and statebased interventions, will seek mutual accommodation not without frictions nor conflicts both within the family and in the larger public arena.

It is our hope that the papers discussed in the seminar, of which this volume includes extendedsummaries, will help to stimulate the nascent body of research on intergenerational transfers with a specific focus on those societies newly arrived to the modern world of aging.

Background Materials


Family Support Networks and Population Ageing
by Alberto Palloni, Guido Pinto and Rebeca Wong

Government Policies Supporting Family Networks: Best Practices From The Policy Area Of Ageing
by Alexandre Sidorenko

Intergenerational Transfers and Population Ageing In African Countries
by Barthélemy Kuate Defo

The Role Of Support From Children and Own Labour Supply In Supporting The Elderly In Indonesia and Vietnam: A Comparison Of Two Studies
by Deborah Cobb-Clark

Family Support For Older People In Europe: Determinants and Consequences
by Emily Grundy

Child-To-Parent Financial Transfers and Their Contribution To Reducing Elder Poverty In Korea
by Erin Hye-Won Kim and Philip J. Cookb

What Explains Fertility? Evidence From Italian Pension
Francesco C. Billari and Vincenzo Galasso

Living Arrangements and Differences In Family Support; A Comparative Perspective
by Jenny de Jong Gierveld

Is Intergenerational Solidarity Really On The Decline? Cautionary Evidence From Thailand
by John Knodel

NationalTransfers Accounts: Concepts and Some Examples From Latin America and Asia
by Jorge Bravo and Mauricio Holz

Family Disruptions and Social Support Among Older People Across Europe
by Karen Glaser, Cecilia Tomassini, Emily Agree

Gender, Generation, and Economic Transfers In Ismalia, Egypt
by Kathryn M. Yount, Ph.D., Solveig Cunningham, Ph.D., Emily Agree, Ph.D., Michal Engelman, MHS

Notes Concerning Older's Patronage In The Arab Countries
by Dr. Kheder Zakaria

Intergenerational Economic Transfers and Population Ageing In Latin America
by Luis Rosero Bixby

Living Arrangements Of Older Adults In China: The Interplay Among Preferences, Realities, and Health
by Melanie Dawn Sereny

Intergenerational Reciprocity and The Well-Being Of Older Adults In Rural China
by Merrill Silverstein

Protecting Older Persons Against Violence, Abuse and Discrimination
by Monica Ferreira

Addressing The Challenges Of Population Ageing In Eastern Europe: Policies and Constraints
by Nikolai Botev

Social Policies, Family Arrangements and Population Ageing In Cuba
by Rolando García Quiñones

The Dinamics Of Multigenerational Care In Singapore
by Thang Leng Leng and Kalyani K.Mehta

Families and Intergenerational Solidarity In Mexico: Challenges and Opportunities
by Verónica Montes de Oca Zavala

The views expressed in these papers or presentations are the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, the Doha International Family Institute

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The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), formerly known as Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development (DIIFSD), was established by Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development in 2006. The Institute has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNECOSOC).

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